For many of the parents and guardians who write Globe Santa for help, their request is a last resort. Having done all they can to stay afloat in hard times — but knowing there is no money left for Christmas gifts — they reach out for a lifeline.
“I’m writing to you because I’m hoping that you can give my almost 3-year-old-twins the Christmas they deserve . . . that I, as their mother, can’t do without your help,” read the letter from a single mother. “They’ve been through a lot, especially recently.”
Her twins, a son and a daughter, have been though the tumult of moving out of their apartment and back to her parents’ house, the mother wrote, after her relationship with their father fell apart. She’s quick to give thanks for having a safe place to go to and says there are brighter days ahead, but her son and daughter know only that they miss their dad.
What’s more, she wrote, her son has shown signs of developmental issues and was recently diagnosed with a developmental disorder, and is displaying behaviors and other indicators commonly associated with autism. The boy’s struggles have taken a toll on the whole family.
“It’s not only been hard on him, but his sister has had to, on many occasions, take a step back so he can get the attention he needs,” she wrote. “She’s so wonderful about it all. There really is something to be said about ‘twinship.’ ”
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