The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 25, 2012

Nursing student wants daughter's Dec. 26 birthday to be bright

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— DALMATIA — For nursing student Amy Stoneroad, making sure her daughter has a great birthday is a must.

It just so happens that 8-year-old Jasmine Baldwin’s birthday falls on Dec. 26.

“It’s hard because I have to try to get Christmas and a birthday all crammed in at once,” Stoneroad, 31, of Dalmatia, said. “This program helps out so much.”

Stoneroad said she is unemployed and is trying to better herself by attending Lebanon County College to gain her nursing degree.

“I used to work at a dialysis center, but because new management came in, they didn’t want to deal with a person who was attending college,” she said. “So they got rid of me.”

Stoneroad has struggled since trying to take care of her daughter and attending school.

“It’s hard,” she said. “Every little bit helps, and I want to be able to see my daughter have a good birthday and Christmas.”

Stoneroad said she applied to the Needy Family Fund for help after realizing that money was going to be tight.

“I want to be able to finish school and get ahead,” she said. “In the meantime, I want to be able to see my daughter enjoy the holidays.”

The Needy Family Fund, sponsored by The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting Corp. and Susquehanna Bank, raises money during the holidays to aid the Valley’s less fortunate. It is administered by Salvation Army citadels in Sunbury and Milton.

Donations can be left with Susquehanna Bank offices in Sunbury, Selinsgrove, Milton, Lewisburg, Shamokin West, Shamokin East, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel and Pillow.

This year’s goal is $75,000.