Among the many thousands of letters asking for Globe Santa’s assistance in providing gifts for children are a number from grandparents who have been suddenly faced with the task of having to raise grandchildren.
Many of these grandparents are taking in grandchildren while grieving the loss of a son or daughter, or dealing with the helplessness of being unable to free a child from the destructive grip of alcohol or drug addiction.
One North Shore couple said in their letter to Globe Santa that they assumed custody of their four grandchildren last February. The children’s parents simply “aren’t able to care for them at this time,” the letter said.
The children — three girls, ages 6, 4 and 1, and a 3-year-old boy — have brought them great joy, their grandmother wrote, but she and her husband live on a fixed income and were already struggling to make ends meet.
The children deserve a merry Christmas, she wrote, and without Globe Santa’s help she fears they would face another sad day instead.
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