It was midafternoon Saturday, and Bostonians were seeing an early-season covering of snow.
As the ground grew whiter, this writer’s thoughts began to focus on the work that faces Globe Santa and his many helpers in getting gifts ready for thousands of children who, without his aid, might not have presents to open on Christmas morning.
Although 22 days remain until Christmas, there are still hundreds of requests to be processed before all the packages are delivered by the US Postal Service to families being helped by Globe Santa.
Because of the ongoing difficult economic conditions, the number of children receiving gifts from Globe Santa this year will exceed the 56,665 children he visited last Christmas.
This family, who lives west of Boston, is typical of those who wrote in this year: Their father’s letter says he was laid off in 2009 from an engineering job and it was the first time in 30 years he had been out of work for more than a couple of months. He wrote that he has been trying to find another job, but even though the economy is picking up, he was sometimes rejected because he has been out of work for so long.
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