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A family helped by Globe Santa, in nick of time

Globe Santa paid a visit Saturday to the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston to pick up a Christmas list from the popular troupe.

Mary O’Connor for The Boston Globe

Globe Santa paid a visit Saturday to the Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston to pick up a Christmas list from the popular troupe.

More than 28,000 families have written to Globe Santa seeking his help providing gifts for their children and among them are many fathers raising children on their own.

One father wrote that he has full custody of his 6-year-old son because the boy was abused by his mother when he was an infant. To this day, the father wrote, “the boy’s mother has no involvement with the family.’’

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“My son is doing very well and does not have any memory of the incident,” his father wrote. “But he was brutally tortured five years ago while in his mother’s care and hasn’t seen her since.”

He goes on to write that the family also includes the boy’s 14-year-old sister, “and the three have formed a powerful bond — one built on love and support.”

“We are a happy family despite our financial troubles, because I teach my children that there are more important things in life than material possessions, like family,” he told Globe Santa.

Like many other single parents, he is struggling to keep up with the costs of raising children on one income. And he said he realized some time ago that if he wanted to find a better job — or get on track in a career path with the chance to advance — he would need to improve his skills.

“I do want to be able to comfortably support my family, though, and that is why I am attending Massasoit Community College,” his letter continued. “I’ve come to find out that children get more expensive as the years go by.”

With the schedule he keeps, the holiday season seemed to sneak up on him, but he was prepared to make the best of things on his own.

“I realize that my request for a Globe Santa Fund gift for my son will most likely be denied because I am returning this letter and information a few days late,” he wrote. “But my son and I would really appreciate it if Globe Santa would consider sending a gift. We would also understand if there aren’t enough. . . . Thank you and Happy Holidays.”

The man’s request was received just in time and his son will join thousands of others in receiving gifts from Globe Santa this year, thanks to the generosity of individuals, groups, and local businesses that donate to the fund drive, many of whom make giving to Globe Santa a part of their holiday tradition.

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