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.”
And the third she listed concerned her husband, who was laid off from his job in May and and has not found work, even though he has sent out hundreds of applications for work.
Her letter further states that their family also includes an older teenage boy.
She also tells Globe Santa that her 10-year-old has been upset and nervous not only because of his health issues but also because of those of his mother.
The financial problems facing the family are further complicated, her letter says, by the fact that the current unemployment benefits received by her husband will expire Dec. 29 with no extensions.
Her letter goes on to say that “we are asking the Globe Santa for his assistance in giving the boy a nice Christmas.”
“He is a warm and funny young man that enjoys karate, football, NASCAR, and spending time with his family and friends,” she wrote.
“He does his best in school, gets good grades, and is always willing to help out with chores and a kind word.”
It concludes by saying that “any help would be appreciated from the bottom of my heart.”
Globe Santa and his sleigh will be at Wayside Commons in Burlington Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the Wang Theatre on Saturday Dec. 1 from noon to 4 p.m.