NORTHUMBERLAND – The Daily Item…. reports Escalating household costs, such as buying food, and utility bills, have made times difficult for Terry, 41, of Northumberland Borough.
“Every time you turn around and think you get back up, life can just knock you back down,” Terry said. “And that is how it is right now.”
This Christmas time is particularly tough for Terry, the father of four kids ranging from 5 to 18.
“I grew up and didn’t really have much. I swore it was not going to be like that with my kids,” he said. “I work every day and it seems like I don’t get to spend much time with my kids, and that kills me. When I’m working I can’t be there as much as I’d like for them. They’re wonderful kids.”
His wife has stage-3 kidney failure problems, which puts even more stress on the family.
His oldest son hopes to find a career engineering cars. He’d like to go to school to learn diesel and electricity so he can work on cars.
“I keep telling my kids that even in these tough times, we have to be grateful,” Terry said. “There are people around the world who don’t even have homes. And people are going hungry.”
The Here. For Good. Campaign is a continuation of the Needy Family Fund which has raised more than $3.4
million since 1987 during the holiday season to help the Valley’s families. This year’s goal is $150,000. 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. 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 also can mail a check to 250 E. Chestnut St., Mifflinburg, PA 17844, or donate online at www.hereforgoodcampaign. org.