By Jennifer Peltz and Rachel Cohen
The Associated Press
By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item
People are struggling across the Valley. While getting stronger, the economy remains anemic and many people still need a job. Add to the mix higher prices for gasoline and home heating oil and the rise in food costs, and almost everyone is having a difficult time, employed or not.
Many Valley residents are in this boat for the first time, the economy having taken their jobs and means of income. Unemployment rates for Valley counties in September — the latest statistics available — range from 5.5 percent in Montour to 7.8 percent in Northumberland.
Others are having a difficult time climbing out of the boat for the same reason; the economy has seen budgets tighten and programs go underfunded.
It’s clear people could use a hand, and that’s the driving force behind this year’s Needy Family Fund: Let us help.
The special fund-raising project of The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting Corp. and Susquehanna Bank, administered through Salvation Army citadels in Milton and Sunbury, has one goal: Raise $75,000 to provide food and gifts to needy Valley families.
Your donations, be they 25 cents or $2,500, let Salvation Army citadels get food and toys to families that need them, giving them less to worry about and more time to enjoy one another this season.
Contributions are tax-deductible.
Make checks payable to:
The Daily Item Fund
for Needy Families
To mail or drop off contributions:
The Daily Item Fund for Needy Families
Susquehanna Bank, 400 Market St.,
Sunbury, PA 17801
Donations can also be left with Susquehanna Bank offices in Sunbury, Selinsgrove, Milton, Lewisburg, Shamokin West, Shamokin East, Kulpmont, Mount Carmel and Pillow.
To donate by credit card:
Call Susquehanna Bank in Sunbury at 286-6781