A great many of the letters sent to Globe Santa each year are from single mothers facing hardships that are both emotionally draining and financially debilitating.
In the face of different challenges, they have a single purpose: they want their children to be happy at Christmas.
“My son is almost 2 years old, and he’s at the age where he is aware of what’s going on around him,” wrote a single mother from a community north of Boston.
“I can’t stand the thought of him waking up on Christmas morning and not having anything for him to open. I know he’s not old enough to blame me, but I feel like a disappointment,” her letter continued.
The woman readily admits that she made some poor choices before her son was born, but she has been a loving and responsible parent since her life changed nearly two years ago with the arrival of her first child, she said in her letter.
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