It was midafternoon Saturday, and Bostonians were seeing an early-season covering of snow.
As the ground grew whiter, this writer’s thoughts began to focus on the work that faces Globe Santa and his many helpers in getting gifts ready for thousands of children who, without his aid, might not have presents to open on Christmas morning.
Although 22 days remain until Christmas, there are still hundreds of requests to be processed before all the packages are delivered by the US Postal Service to families being helped by Globe Santa.
Because of the ongoing difficult economic conditions, the number of children receiving gifts from Globe Santa this year will exceed the 56,665 children he visited last Christmas.
This family, who lives west of Boston, is typical of those who wrote in this year: Their father’s letter says he was laid off in 2009 from an engineering job and it was the first time in 30 years he had been out of work for more than a couple of months. He wrote that he has been trying to find another job, but even though the economy is picking up, he was sometimes rejected because he has been out of work for so long.
His wife, he wrote, found a part-time job, but that “hardly makes an impact with our expenses.”
And,” he wrote, “I’m afraid [the children] will be disappointed, and they don’t deserve to be.”
The letter goes on to say that, “the Globe Santa program will certainly brighten an otherwise bleak Christmas right at the time in my children’s lives when it would mean the most. To have something under the tree on Christmas morning that they wished for from Santa would mean so much to them and to us.
“Thank you for the opportunity to tell our story and convey our need to you. We will be so grateful for any help you can provide.”
Globe Santa also says “thank you,” with his greetings going to the thousands and thousands of people who, through their contributions to the Globe Santa Fund, make it possible for him to provide gifts for families in need of of help in bringing Christmas joy to their youngsters.