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VALLEY SANTA: Mother Caring For Sick Father Struggling To Buy Gifts For Young Sons

November 19, 2018

Sarah, a single mother of two boys, is a full-time caregiver for her father who is a battling cancer.

Her father, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, was diagnosed with lung and kidney cancer five years ago and he is getting worse, Sarah wrote in a letter to Valley Santa.

He had three operations and is still undergoing chemotherapy and radiation and is very sick all the time, she said.

“I need to be home with him and take him to appointments and be a full-time mommy as well,” Sarah wrote. “It’s hard but I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love my family so much.”

Sarah asked for Valley Santa’s help to bring toys to her 12-year-old son Andrew and her 9-year-old son Matthew for Christmas.

“My boys love their Pop Pop more than anything and I’m sure they are stressed inside watching him go through cancer,” Sarah wrote. “They would love a nice toy to help take their minds off the chaos here at home. Not working is stressful enough because money is so tight.”

Valley Santa needs donations to ensure that children in need like Andrew and Matthew could receive toys for Christmas. Volunteers shop for and wrap the gifts at Boscov’s in Wilkes-Barre.

“It would be great to have a little help this year,” Sarah wrote. “I would appreciate it so much.”

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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