“It’s been one thing after another.”
A local woman worries this season, saying her family is struggling due to a string of bad luck.
Her husband is out of work and worries constantly about how he will provide for his family, including six children.
“We are good people, we don’t usually need the help,” she said. “We are always helping others.”
The Derry News Santa Fund helps families like this one who find themselves in tough situations, especially during the holidays.
Money raised goes to directly support the Derry Community Fund and holiday efforts in Londonderry.
The Community Fund also provides help all year long, including fuel assistance, food, clothing and transportation.
But the need is especially great at the holidays. More than 300 people showed up recently for a “shopping” event at the Marion Gerrish Community Center through the Community Fund.
“So many people came through,” said Maryanne Taylor, a Community Fund organizer. “So many said they had nothing for their children. They were so grateful they now had something to give.”
The Santa Fund still needs help. Donations so far this season total almost $8,000, far below the goal of raising $22,500.
Schools and local business support the Santa Fund each year. South Range Elementary School recently made a donation to help the fund, something the students have supported for many years, offering holiday greetings to their teachers and making donations to help others.
There is still time to help those in need.
Tax-deductible donations can be dropped off at the Derry News office or mailed to: Derry News Santa Fund, 46 West Broadway, Derry, 03038.
Donations can also be made online at derrynews.com.