By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — With this last tally, the Needy Family Fund wraps up yet another campaign having met its goal and then some.
The final total is $123,775 — not as large as the previous year when the fund hit an all-time high of more than $129,000 — but given the continuing hard economic times for many in the Valley, still generous and helpful to those who need assistance. JoAnn Shotko, retail executive for Susquehanna Bank, one of the Needy Family Fund partners, especially wanted to thank those who contributed.
“With your generosity, we together have met the campaign goal, and most importantly, helped numerous families across the greater Susquehanna Valley,” she said.
The Needy Family Fund provides food and gifts for area families in need during the holiday season. Working with the Salvation Army citadels in Sunbury and Milton, The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting, Susquehanna Bank and the Degenstein Foundation encouraged donations and asked residents to help out neighbors in need.
This year, the organizers heard from many people especially concerned about some of the story subjects. A woman who wanted sneakers for her walk to work and a boy who wished for warm winter clothes particularly struck a chord with some people.
Shotko said: “We began the 2012 campaign with the idea, ‘Let us help.’ You took the message to heart and asked to help with the people and families we profiled. One thing that never seems to waiver with this fund drive, regardless of the economy, is the generosity of the Valley’s residents. Thank you all, have a wonderful new year and here is hoping for brighter and better times in 2013 for everyone, needy and not.”
New contributors are: Tulpehocken Garden Club, of Milton, $350; Michael and Ann Beckley, of Mifflinburg, $200; Arlyne E. Hoyt, of Lewisburg, $100; Rosaria Gabriele, of Lewisburg, $100; Edwin and Carol Rehrauer, of Sunbury, $50; Alden and Pamela Hoffman, of Middleburg, $50; Michael and Deborah Volinskie, of Middleburg, $25; Peter Stryker and Katherine Hannaford, of Lewisburg, $50; and anonymous donations totaling $100.