Car Accidents Leave Families Struggling This Christmas

November 12, 2018

Laura, a single mother, and her two children were in a serious car accident two months ago and she said “nothing has been the same since then.” She has an 8-year-old daughter Sophia and a 3-year-old son Jacob. In September, she said another driver crossed into their lane, hit them and totaled her vehicle. Two days later, her father suffered a heart attack. In a letter she wrote to Valley Santa, she said she and her family are having a hard time. She asked if Valley Santa could provide Christmas gifts for her two children. “Help this year is so appreciated,” Laura wrote. Her letter was one of many sent to Valley Santa from families in need. Tara, another mother, said she doesn’t work anymore as a result of injuries she sustained at work years ago and a car accident. She needs hip and spinal surgeries. She and her husband have five children and she asked if Valley Santa could provide Christmas gifts for them. “We love our children and teach them the importance of life like sharing manners and to be kind to all,” Tara wrote in a letter to Valley Santa. “But to get something for Christmas will put a smile on my face and my heart will be filled with joy. Anything you can do will be appreciated.” Valley Santa, a program in its 35th year, relies on donations to purchase Christmas gifts for thousands of children in need throughout Luzerne County. Volunteers have begun reading letters from families in need at the Greenhouse Center in Wilkes-Barre and shopping for and wrapping toys at Boscov’s in Wilkes-Barre that will be delivered to children. Everyone is encouraged to donate to Valley Santa to ensure every child in need has a gift this Christmas.

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