A wish to give children ‘extras’

After paying bills, no money left, mother says

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren helped Globe Santa Thursday at Faneuil Hall. Many letter writers to Globe Santa are single mothers struggling to raise children with litte help.

Mary O’Connor for The Boston Globe

Senator-elect Elizabeth Warren helped Globe Santa Thursday at Faneuil Hall. Many letter writers to Globe Santa are single mothers struggling to raise children with litte help.

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.”

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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.”

Writing further that as ­“October rolls into November and November turns to ­December, I become ­increasingly ­anxious, because I know the dollars I already stretch must go even further to put ­Christmas presents ­under the tree.”

The mother explains that she is trying extra hard this time of year so her children can have a nice Christmas. She is working overtime shifts on weekends to make a little more money but that is taking away, “from the free time I have to spend with my kids.”


“But trying doesn’t always pan out the away you hope it will. This year, due to the ­rising cost of oil, groceries, and rent, funds are tighter and my need to cut back is greater, I’m afraid Christmas will be disappointing this year for my children and that ­bothers me more than you can imagine, or perhaps you can.”

She concludes by saying, “I’m writing Globe Santa to ask for your help so that I can continue to make my ­children’s Christmas special. I would be grateful for anything you can provide in the way of toys, sporting goods, and clothing. My marriage didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, but I don’t feel that my misfortune should be passed on to my children and with your help it won’t.”

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