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VALLEY SANTA: Medical Issues Leave Local Families Struggling

November 20, 2018

Nancy, a stay-at-home disabled mother, said she struggles every year around the holiday season to get a few presents for her children.

She suffered a stroke and has seizures. Her fiance is a stay-at-home nurse and helps take care of the children, according to a letter Nancy wrote to Valley Santa. Before the stroke, she said they both held full-time jobs.

“Things have been stressful and hard these past four years,” she wrote in her letter. “We work very hard for them but we can never give them the perfect fairy tale life.”

Her letter was one of many sent to Valley Santa from families in need of assistance this holiday season. Valley Santa relies on donations to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Luzerne County.

In another letter, local grandmother Ellen said she recently underwent brain surgery and she could use help providing a gift for her 4-year-old granddaughter Megan.

Ellen adopted Megan and she said her granddaughter would “really appreciate a much deserving Christmas.”

“She struggles with behavior issues and although it may not seem that she cares, she real does and often works on improving her behavior,” Ellen wrote. “It would mean everything to me if you were to help us give her the Christmas she deserves.”

 

TO GIVE

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.

 

TO REQUEST

Write a letter in care of Valley Santa, P.O. Box 5268, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711. Explain the need that exists in as much detail as possible. You must include your name, ages and genders of your children, your full address, zip code and telephone number. The letter must be co-signed by a clergy member or social worker and must include their name, address and telephone number for confirmation purposes. Requests will be considered for children 12 years of age and younger. Requests must be postmarked by Dec. 15. No telephone requests will be accepted.

 

TO VOLUNTEER

Call Help Line: 570-829-1341.

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