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Dying man’s gift wish granted by Globe Santa

Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV and actor Michael Anastasia took part in the Improv Asylum’s “No Rest for the Wicked Funny” 24-hour comedy marathon to benefit Globe Santa.

Mary O’Connor for the Boston Globe

Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV and actor Michael Anastasia took part in the Improv Asylum’s “No Rest for the Wicked Funny” 24-hour comedy marathon to benefit Globe Santa.

This is a heartbreaking story about a letter that was sent in late November to Globe Santa from a man who was terminally ill, asking for help in providing gifts for four children in his family.

In it, the man not only outlined his serious health problems but went on to tell of his three sisters who are all single mothers. He said they had provided for all his needs without any assistance from the agencies that provide help for families faced with such serious health care problems.

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In his letter, forwarded to Globe Santa by his sisters, he also told the story of how his sisters varied their schedules “to always be here with me, and the kids make themselves available to interact with me, make me a sandwich, or the 2-year-old would try and bring me my shoes.”

“I know it is difficult for them at times, but they never complain, and every day I wake up thankful”.

He went on to say, “This year, I would like to show some appreciation to the children, hence the reason for this letter.”

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Sadly, the man died before his letter could be mailed.

However, the sisters found the letter after he passed away and decided to send it to Globe Santa, adding that “since this was his own doing and request, we would appreciate any consideration to this.’’

Their note to Globe Santa included their brother’s type-written letter, which told of his love and appreciation of his niece and nephews.

The oldest children are 10 — a girl and a boy — and there are two younger boys, 6 and 2, the latter whom their grandfather said is “very intelligent, loves to use his hands, and always taking things apart and putting (them) back together.”

The man’s letter to Globe Santa concluded by saying, “Again, I would like to thank you for this opportunity and consideration of my situation.”

The two letters will be ­honored by Globe Santa with appro­priate gifts.

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