Christ­mas a strug­gle for dis­abled mother

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY DENISE ALLABAUGH STAFF WRITER

Six-year-old Is­abelle, who has autism, has been through a lot this year.

She is the daugh­ter of Jen­nifer, a sin­gle mother who is dis­abled and strug­gling fi­nan­cially.

“Ev­ery month, I pay all my bills and when I am done, I lit­er­ally only have $51 left to last me all month,” Jen­nifer wrote in a let­ter to Val­ley Santa.

Jen­nifer and Is­abelle re­cently moved to the area af­ter a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence sit­u­a­tion forced them to leave

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/Donate.htm 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 VOL­UN­TEER

Call Help Line: 570-829-1341. an­other state.

They re­ceived help from a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence shel­ter to move here.

In her let­ter, Jen­nifer asked if Val­ley Santa could help her in pro­vid­ing a Christ­mas present for her daugh­ter. Is­abelle likes dolls, books and puz­zles.

“I am humbly ask­ing for your help,” she wrote. “My daugh­ter has been through so much this year and I just want to be able to give her a Christ­mas she de­serves. I am so grate­ful for any help you can pro­vide.”

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.

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