VALLEY SANTA: Mother ‘starting Fresh’ Struggling Financially
Donna, a mother of two boys, recently moved back to the area after leaving an abusive relationship.
“I am starting fresh,” she wrote in a letter to Valley Santa. “It has been a struggle but at least I am becoming mentally healthy.”
Financially, Donna said things are very hard for her.
She said she is struggling to afford coats for her sons and to pay for gas to travel.
She asked for Valley Santa’s help in providing toys for her 11-year-old son Michael and her 6-year-old son Frank for Christmas.
In her letter, she wrote some “cute little toys would make them happy.”
Valley Santa relies on donations to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Luzerne County like Michael and Frank.
Volunteers shop for and wrap the gifts at Boscov’s in Wilkes-Barre. Each child in need receives a toy and a book.
“I just can’t afford to do this all right now,” Donna wrote. “I would be so grateful for any help with our Christmas.”
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.
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.