مشاركات عشوائية

Father-of-five loses job due to children's problems at school

featured image

Bill’s throat surgery didn’t go well and as a result he has trouble eating and is not allowed to lift more than five pounds.

But you can feed five children with nothing, so he found work as a machinist and a part-time job in care for seniors.

Bill, whose name has been changed here to protect his privacy, has five children, four boys ages 12, 10, 7, and 6, and a 1-year-old daughter.

However, the children have problems at school. A child was reportedly injured twice by a teacher, he said.

“My kids have mental health issues and they can’t handle him at school, so they keep sending him home even though they shouldn’t be,” Bill said.

As a result, Bill kept having to leave work to go home, and soon lost the job he shouldn’t have. “The school kept sending him home and it cost me my job,” he said.

At this point, the household’s only income is the supplemental Social Security issued on behalf of his son, and the prospect of a happy vacation for Bill’s children is grim.

But that’s where Operation Holiday can help.

OPERATION HOLIDAY

Operation Holiday started in 1991 at The Mercury in Pottstown to help families going through hard times provide something for their children during the holidays. The program’s mission is to ensure that food is on the table and presents are under the tree on Christmas morning.

Now in its 32nd year, the program has helped thousands of families in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties, expanding its reach in recent years to include communities served by Reading Eagle, The Times Herald, The Reporter and Daily Local News .

More than $122,000 in donations last year provided food and gifts for 379 children and cash donations to 13 food banks in Berks, Chester and Montgomery counties.

This year, Operation Holiday is partnering with 22 agencies in the Tri-Country Region. Authorities have referred 144 families with 375 children for gifts and food and another 34 families for food. The eight families most affected by the blast add to those numbers.

There is no overhead with Operation Holiday and all funds remain local. Funds are collected and monitored in a non-profit account managed by MediaNews Group employees who volunteer their time.

Gift cards to area grocery stores are provided to each family for food so they can purchase holiday dinner fixings and pantry staples. Weis Markets is an Operation Holiday partner and has helped with food purchases and gift cards.

Gift certificates for each child 16 or under in the program are purchased through Boscov’s and distributed in conjunction with referral agencies, allowing families to purchase gifts of their choice.

Operation Holiday does not accept families that have not been referred by an agency.

Operation Holiday is funded solely by contributions from readers. All contributions are tax deductible.

HOW TO DONATE

Online donations are accepted in a secure portal in partnership with TriCounty Community Network. Go to https://tcnetwork.org/ and click on the link for Operation Holiday.

Contributions may be mailed by checks payable to Operation Holiday to PO Box 1181, Pottstown PA 19464; The Reporter, 307 Derstine Ave., Lansdale PA 19446; Operation Vacation, 1440 Lacrosse Ave., Reading, PA 19607.

The names of all donors will be published in participating newspapers when donations are received. Note whether a contribution should be marked as anonymous or given as a tribute or in memory of someone.

Post a Comment

0 Comments