Here. For Good: Single Mom Unemployed Six Months Due To Pandemic








By Justin Strawser

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WEST MILTON — A single mother of two daughters was without work for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sulmary Rivera, of West Milton, is a recipient of the Salvation Army’s Here. For Good. campaign. The interview with Rivera, who speaks Spanish, was conducted through a translator.

Rivera said she is working now. The Salvation Army has helped her during the last six months with basic necessities.

Her daughters are ages five and eight. They would like scooters and LOL Dolls for Christmas.

Rivera complimented the Salvation Army for being “very efficient,” she said.

The 2020 “Here. For Good.” campaign is a continuation of the Needy Family Fund that has raised more than $3.06 million since 1987 during the holidays to assist the Valley’s less fortunate. The campaign is administered by Salvation Army citadels in Milton and Sunbury and sponsored by The Daily Item, Sunbury Broadcasting Corp. and Mifflinburg Bank & Trust. The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation will also match the first $50,000 in donations.

This year’s goal is $115,000. Today’s total is $106,587.72, thanks to $1,000 from Pope Insurance Agency; $100 from Daniel Shimko, of Elysburg; $300 from Cynthia and Randy Eby, of Paxinos; $10 from Elizabeth Dewitt, of Sunbury; $100 from William and Nancy Renn, of Sunbury; $250 from Norma Schutter, of Selinsgrove; $150 from St. John’s Lutheran Church, of Sunbury; $25 from Sharon Witmer, of Sunbury; $100 from Shirley Herbster, of Winfield; $200 from Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, of Selinsgrove; $30 from David and Lisa Neff, of Middleburg; $500 from the Watsons (Gail, John, Kimm, Gwen, and Jace), of Mifflinburg; $100 from Colleen Hartung, of Lewisburg; $50 from Benjamin and Cathy Keiser; and $200 from Leonard Oddo. There were also $927 in anonymous donations.

Donors can make checks payable to Here. For Good. Campaign and mail or drop them off at any location of program co-sponsor Mifflinburg Bank & Trust. Donors can also make any deposited donation or mail a check to 250 E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA, 17844, or donate online at

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