If there is one common thread that ties together the thousands of letters to Globe Santa, it is this: Amid trying circumstances, and often at the expense of their pride, parents reach out for help in the hopes that their children might share in the wonder of Christmas.
“I am writing to you because I am the mother of two beautiful children whom I wish I could give the world to,” a woman from a community west of Boston said in a request to Globe Santa. “They have been forced to grow up faster than many, but my amazing children are proud of who they are and never complain about what they don’t have.”
Her 11-year-old son and 7-year-old daughter have spent a great deal of time in the past two years helping care for her, their mother wrote, as she has undergone medical procedures and battled chronic illness.
“While their friends might be off playing, riding bikes, or vacationing, my children were home, making sure I was OK,” she said in her letter. “This is not exactly the life I had envisioned for my kids, but I could not be any more proud of them.”
With her health improving earlier this year, she was able to return to school and is studying to become a nurse. But she found her budget barely covers the family’s expenses, so she turned to Globe Santa.
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