Most of the letters received by Globe Santa each Christmas season asking for help in providing gifts for children are written by mothers.
The reasons they give for needing gifts are varied, but among the letters that leave a reader choking up a bit are ones outlining critical health problems a child faces.
One such letter came from a mother in a suburb west of Boston asking for gifts for her 8-year-old son “who has a pervasive developmental disorder, is autistic, and is in special education.”
“Furthermore,” the letter continues, “he has diabetes type 1 so he has to have his blood sugar checked and insulin shots before every meal and before bed.
“At school and when he‘s with his dad, myself or other family one must carry a backpack filled with [an EpiPen], an inhaler and spacer, and a zippered pouch with all his needles, medication, alcohol pads, glucose tablets, ketone strips, test strips, lancets, pen needles, diabetes notebook, and a chart to record information, blood sugar, and every thing else when out and about.”
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