VALLEY SANTA: Local Mothers Hope For Help In Giving Gifts This Christmas
Julie, a single mother, is struggling to support her two daughters with special needs while spending most of her days working for low pay.
Her 3-year-old daughter Kaitlyn would like to receive dolls and puzzles for Christmas. Julie hopes her 1-year-old daughter Anna could receive musical toys and sound books.
Julie asked for Valley Santa’s help to give her daughters gifts and a “wonderful Christmas.”
“I’m just trying to see them smile,” Julie wrote in a letter to Valley Santa.
Valley Santa relies on donations to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need throughout Luzerne County. Volunteers shop for and wrap toys at Boscov’s which are delivered to children in need.
The program, now in its 35th year, has received many requests from parents in need of help such as Maria, a single mother of five children.
In her letter to Valley Santa, Maria said she is disabled and struggling financially and can’t afford Christmas gifts.
“I can barely pay my bills and rent,” Maria wrote. “I am asking for help so my young children can have gifts on 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.