Sandra gave birth to a healthy girl this year, but the pregnancy was very difficult.
She was hospitalized for a month before giving birth in June and lost her job as a result. Although she is now back at her job, losing her income has been difficult to overcome financially.
“I honestly live paycheck to paycheck,” said the single mother of four.
It’s been a rough year for Sandra, who had to change homes even before she got pregnant because of her domestic violence situation.
However, Sandra, whose name has been changed to protect her family’s privacy, wants to give her children a wonderful Christmas, even on a very tight budget.
And now the family is getting some help through Operation Holidays, which started in 1991. Mercury In Pottstown, we help families in difficult times provide something for their children during the holidays.
Sandra appreciates what the program does for her four children.
“Yes, anything helps,” she said. “It’s okay if it’s just a little present”
The mission of this program is to have food on the table and presents under the tree when Christmas morning comes.
Now in its 32nd year, the program has served thousands of families in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties. Reading Eagle, Times Herald, Reporter, When daily local news.
Last year, more than $122,000 was raised, providing food and gifts for 379 children and donating cash to 13 grocery stores in Burks, Chester and Montgomery counties.
This year, Operation Holiday partnered with 22 agencies in three counties. The agency introduced gifts and food to 144 families with 375 children, and food to an additional 34 families. The program is also helping her eight families in Pottstown, who lost their homes in a devastating explosion in May.
There is no operational holiday overhead and all funds stay local. Funds are collected and audited in a non-profit foundation account managed by MediaNews Group staff who volunteer their time.
Each family receives a gift card from a local grocery store to purchase holiday dinner supplies and pantry essentials. Weis Markets is an Operation Holiday partner for food purchases and gift card support.
Gift cards for all children 16 and under who participate in the program are purchased through Boscov’s and are distributed in partnership with referral agencies to enable families to purchase gifts of their choice.
Operation Holidays does not accept families who have not been referred by an agency.
Operation Holiday is funded solely by reader donations. All donations are tax deductible.
How to donate
Online donations are accepted through a secure portal in partnership with the TriCounty Community Network. Visit https://tcnetwork.org/ and click on the Operation Holiday link.
Donations may be mailed by check paid to Operation Holiday to PO Box 1181, Pottstown PA 19464. Reporter, 307 Derstine Ave., Lansdale PA 19446; Operation Holiday, 1440 Lacrosse Ave., Reading, PA 19607.
As donations are received, the names of all donors are published in participating newspapers. Please note whether the donation should be designated as anonymous or given for someone’s remembrance or remembrance.