Many parents who write to Globe Santa are stretching every dollar to avoid homelessness or hunger. For their children, finding presents under the tree on Christmas morning would offer a few hours of long-overdue relief after what has been a difficult year.
“I am the mother of two beautiful children who are my everyday’s inspiration,” a woman from Boston wrote in a letter to Globe Santa. “I may not be able to spoil them with everything their hearts desire, but I am able to work hard towards keeping a warm home for them to sleep in every night.”
The single mother devotes every ounce of energy to supporting her 5-year old son and 1-year old daughter, and the family has long been on a waiting list to relocate to more affordable housing, she wrote. In the meantime, however, her rent, utilities, commuting costs, clothing and food are generally more than she makes each month.
“I refuse to go into a shelter,” she said in her letter. “I feel that would be a very stressful process for my family and if at this time I am blessed with a job that at least allows me to have enough for rent, then I guess that will do.”
Like any mother, though, her heart aches over all the things her children have become accustomed to doing without. The nights out for ice cream or a movie that other families enjoy fairly regularly are extremely rare occurrences for this family of three.
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