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Give A Christmas: Edgewater Park grandmother worried Christmas won’t be merry for her family

Give A Christmas: Edgewater Park grandmother worried Christmas won’t be merry for her family

EDGEWATER PARK — A grandmother who recently lost her son has taken it upon herself to raise the 3-year-old daughter he left behind. She’s also raising her two other young granddaughters for her other son, who’s currently in rehab to combat his drug addiction. The girls’ mother also uses drugs, leaving the grandmother to look …
Give A Christmas: Mother recovering from addiction strives to make Christmas bright

Give A Christmas: Mother recovering from addiction strives to make Christmas bright

MAPLE SHADE — The day a mother’s two young boys were taken away from her was the same day she decided to turn her life around. Her grandmother received custody of her sons, but the mother’s rights to her children were suspended. “That’s what it took for me to get sober,” the mother wrote to the …
Give A Christmas: Burlington Township mother seeks help to make holidays bright

Give A Christmas: Burlington Township mother seeks help to make holidays bright

BURLINGTON CITY — As she struggles to pay rent, a single mother in Burlington Township isn’t sure how she’ll afford Christmas gifts for her four children this year. “I work so hard to give my children a life, but something always happens to break our spirits,” the mother wrote in a letter to the Give A …
Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

Fitzgerald: Give A Christmas once again brings holidays to those in need

One of the points of pride we have as a newspaper is that we really do exist to serve our community. Bringing readers local news is Job No. 1, of course, but we do feel a responsibility beyond that. Perhaps the most tangible example of what that means to us has been our decades-long commitment …
Give A Christmas: Campaign helps struggling families during holidays

Give A Christmas: Campaign helps struggling families during holidays

It only takes a little to bring a big smile to a child’s face on Christmas morning. Such is the mission of the annual Give A Christmas campaign, a joint effort by the Burlington County Times and Willingboro Rotary Club which collects and distributes monetary donations to assist struggling local families at the holidays. Since …
Willingboro children fear not seeing mother for Christmas

Willingboro children fear not seeing mother for Christmas

By Danielle DeSisto: It’s been over a year since three children in Willingboro have seen their mother. Their parents recently divorced, and it’s been tough for the kids to adjust to not having her around. Their father tries his best to lift their spirits, but after losing his job several months ago, it’s been increasingly …
Mount Holly mother struggles to make Christmas bright for children

Mount Holly mother struggles to make Christmas bright for children

By Danielle DeSisto: MOUNT HOLLY — Over the past few years, a Mount Holly mother has finally found her footing. She works a decent job and makes just enough money to support her 17-year-old son and 10-year old daughter. But it’s been challenging to give her children everything she feels they deserve on a single …

Willingboro mother, children spend holidays in motel

By Danielle DeSisto: WILLINGBORO — A single mother in the township never imagined she’d be living in a motel with her three young children at the holidays. Up until recently, the family was living with the mother’s sister. They were asked to leave when the sister’s boyfriend moved in. It’s been difficult to afford food …
Riverside couple struggle to brighten holidays for kids

Riverside couple struggle to brighten holidays for kids

By Danielle DeSisto: Most days, a Riverside couple and their three children go to bed hungry. The father holds down two jobs while the mother stays home to care for their two sons, ages 11 and 9, and 2-year-old daughter, who has special needs. It’s been difficult enough to keep up with mortgage, health insurance …
Willingboro family copes with loss at the holidays

Willingboro family copes with loss at the holidays

By Danielle DeSisto: A Willingboro father never expected to be raising four children on his own. His wife was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, and the disease took her three months later. She left behind three daughters, ages 13, 9 and 6, and a 4-year-old son. The father has taken on a second job …
Riverside family seeks help in giving children a joyful Christmas

Riverside family seeks help in giving children a joyful Christmas

By Danielle DeSisto: After her husband got injured at work, a Riverside mother has struggled to provide for her three young children. From keeping up with mortgage bills to fighting with her health insurance company, the mother feels as if she is drowning. But her children inspire her each day to persevere. “My kids have …
Give A Christmas campaign helps struggling families at the holidays

Give A Christmas campaign helps struggling families at the holidays

By Danielle DeSisto: With the holidays approaching, the Burlington County Times and Willingboro Rotary Club are kicking off their annual Give A Christmas campaign to help needy families make the season bright for their children. Now in its 50th year, the fund hopes to raise $80,000 to ease the burden of gift buying during the holidays …
Milestone years for Give A Christmas

Milestone years for Give A Christmas

By Shane Fitzgerald: This is a milestone year for our Give A Christmas program. It’s been 50 years for the Burlington County Times, 60 years for the Bucks County Courier Times and 30 years for The Intelligencer and together, the papers and — most importantly our readers — have raised significant money mostly through small …

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