The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

November 24, 2012

Working mom needs help buying gifts for her 3 sons

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

MILTON —  Melissa Biddle spends most of her days around children.

The single mother works for minimum wage at a day care in the borough and then spends her free time caring for her three young sons, 3, 6 and 8.

“I love kids; I wouldn’t want it any other way,” she said.

However, times have been tough for the Milton mom, who said she simply wants to “get my boys a nice Christmas.”

It’s been hard since separating from her husband a year and a half ago, when she had to find a job to support her family, but Biddle said she tries to keep a positive perspective on things for the sake of her family.

“There are good days and bad days,” she said. “I try to keep positive not only for myself, but for my boys. When things get rough, I try to keep everything positive for them.”

The boys are looking forward to Christmas and Santa’s visit, Biddle said. Her 8-year-old loves military-themed toys and wants nothing more than to join the Army when he’s older.

“He dreams about it all the time,” she said.

Her 6-year-old loves superheroes and the 3-year-old loves all kinds of animals.

It’s been tough being away from her kids during the day, but Biddle said the boys are handling her working schedule well.

“They do pretty well with it,” she said. “Two are in school and my mom baby-sits the 3-year-old.”

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 also 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.