More than 23,000 letters have been processed so far this holiday season by the Globe Santa staff, and there are still many hundreds left to be done.
As a result, it is far too soon to know how this year’s gift requests compare to Christmas 2011 when Globe Santa provided gifts for 56,665 children from 32,400 needy families residing in Eastern Massachusetts.
One of the thousands of letters Globe Santa has received recently was from a South Shore mother who had three sad reasons why she was asking for help to provide gifts this Christmas for her 10-year-old son.
The first was the fact that her boy, whom she described as a “bright and happy 10-year-old,” suffers from two medical problems.
Reason two was that the mother has been “declared medically permanently disabled.”
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