The vast majority of letters received each Christmas season seeking the help of Globe Santa in providing gifts for their children come from single mothers.
One such letter received this year was from a single mother of three children — a daughter 14 years old and two sons, 11 and 8.
She began her neatly typed letter by first explaining that she works a full-time job, “waking each morning to get my kids ready for school, then getting them out the door, commuting to work, coming home and then having to prepare dinner, make sure homework is done, chores are complete, and the kids are ready for bed.”
The letter goes on to say that, “It’s then time to clean the house and get ready for the next day. As for my ex-husband, I receive very little support, both financially and in sharing custody of our kids and raising them.”
The single mother writes on, “I have been divorced four years now, and each day is as difficult as the day before in the terms of being able to provide for my children with the bare essentials, let alone the ‘extras’ they’d really like to have. My sons would like to play hockey, football, and lacrosse, but my budget doesn’t allow it. My daughter, as with any teenage girl, would like to wear clothes that are popular or come from the fanciest of stores, but again I just cannot afford it.”
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