Sharing The Christmas Spirit While Helping Moms And Their Children

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By Chip Minemyer
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Each year “The Santa Fund” helps to provide Christmas gifts for children whose families are facing financial hardship. This year the fund will partner with the “Nurse-Family Partnership” — which works with moms from pregnancy through the baby’s second birthday.

The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.

Lois Schultz and the staff at Nurse-Family Partnership work each day with new and expecting mothers — many of whom face financial challenges even as they’re learning the value of a healthy diet, good pre-natal care and a safe environment.

And many of those ladies face an unfair stigma, Schultz said, despite working various part-time jobs in an effort to provide for themselves and their families.

That’s why her agency helped numerous clients complete applications for The Tribune-Democrat’s Santa Fund program and made sure they arrived with the hundreds of others that poured into our office from Berlin, Gallitzin, and everywhere in between, during the past few weeks.

“It’s wonderful to have this program as a resource for our clients,” said Schultz, who serves as Cambria director for Nurse-Family Partnership.

“Many of them are low-income, which makes it difficult to have presents around the tree for their little ones.”

Schultz has been with Nurse-Family Partnership for 12 years, including 10 years in the Cambria office.

“There are so many stereotypes that people have,” she said. “What we see is these mothers who are trying — some working multiple jobs — who truly want what’s best for their child. They’re trying very hard.”

Nurse-Family Partnership — which works with moms from pregnancy through the baby’s second birthday — will reach 11 years of service to Cambria County in January.

A Somerset County program was launched recently.

The organization serves seven counties from a home office in Altoona.

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