VALLEY SANTA: Grandfather Seeks Help For His Grandchildren
George, a local grandfather, is raising three of his grandchildren and has fallen on hard times over the last two years.
He is disabled and last year, he underwent a knee replacement surgery. He suffered for more than a year with pain and lost time that he could have spent with his family.
“I couldn’t do anything,” George wrote in a letter to Valley Santa. “I was laid up in the house all that time until I found a new doctor. He found that my replacement had failed and broke and caused all types of damage.”
George underwent another replacement surgery which left him behind in everything from his bills to his rent.
“I am still trying to catch up,” he wrote. “I don’t get help from anyone like welfare. I have to try to get help from a food bank. I don’t receive food stamps.”
George’s grandchildren also have medical problems. They all have attention deficit disorder and learning disabilities.
His 11-year-old grandson Jack has problems in both legs and may need surgery. His 9-year-old grandson Charlie and 8-year-old granddaughter Rose have dyslexia.
George asked for Valley Santa’s help so they could have Christmas presents.
“With everything that has happened in the last two years, especially this year, it’s very hard for me to catch up,” he wrote. “I would like to be able to give them a good Christmas and would be every so thankful if you could help me do it for them.”
Send a check or money order to The Valley Santa Fund Inc., P.O. Box 5276, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Checks should be made payable to The Valley Santa Fund Inc. Visit valleysanta.org to donate via PayPal. All donations are tax deductible. Monetary donations also will be accepted at any M&T Bank branch in the Wyoming Valley. Because Santa has no workshop or warehouse space, no new or used toys can be accepted. Donors’ names will be published in The Citizens’ Voice and Standard-Speaker.
Call Help Line: 570-829-1341.