Tonawanda News — “It’s getting more and more difficult,” she said. “About 50 percent (of the people helped) are working poor; they’re working hard, but they can’t make ends meet. It’s very sad.”
White echoed her words, stressing that there’s no duplication in services and that families who are helped by the campaign are not “double-dipping.”
”It’s important that people understand that,” he said. “These families are proud families, they don’t mean to be in this situation, but something put them there.”
Maria Angelova, director and family and human services at the YWCA of the Tonawandas, which also provides names of those in need to the Rockin’ With Santa campaign, also said local need for help of all kinds has been on the rise.
”This year, I would say, the need has almost doubled,” she said, lauding White and campaign volunteers for what they do. “They do such an amazing job. They are so unbelievably generous and it’s really an invaluable service to our clients.”
This year’s Rockin’ With Santa event will take place from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Twin City Elks Lodge 860, 55 Main St., Tonawanda. Entry is a new, unwrapped gift for a child from infancy through 16 years old. Music will be provided by Night Eagle from 7 to 9 p.m. and Silver Xtreme from 9 to 11 p.m.
In addition, this year’s toy drop-off sites are: The Tonawanda News, 435 River Road; Submasters, 105 Main St., and the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas, 15 Webster St. in North Tonawanda, and Fast Teddy’s, 221 Main St.; Tonawanda Fire Headquarters, 44 William St., and the Twin City Elks Lodge 860, 55 Main St., in Tonawanda.
Submasters in North Tonawanda is a new participant this year. Manager Tom Daniels said he contacted White because he wanted to do something for the community.