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In shelter, disabled mom seeks children’s smiles

Kevin Lemanowicz and Sorboni Banerjee of Fox 25 News joined Boston Celtics dancers Jessica, Nichole, Ashley, and Amanda in giving Globe Santa a hand at South Station.

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Kevin Lemanowicz and Sorboni Banerjee of Fox 25 News joined Boston Celtics dancers Jessica, Nichole, Ashley, and Amanda in giving Globe Santa a hand at South Station.

Many of the thousands of letters Globe Santa receives each year asking for his help in providing gifts for the children of a family in need are written by mothers who have been forced to move with their children ­into shelters for the homeless.

What follows are excerpts from some of those letters:

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This first letter is from a mother of three children, a girl, 4; a son, 2; and an infant son who is 4 months old.

In her letter, she says one of her sons is autistic.

She goes on to say, “This has been a very bad year. It’s hard being homeless with ­nowhere to live, no income, or a place to make them a Christmas or buy presents. My husband is looking for work, but the shelter is far from stores and jobs.

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“Please help my kids have a good Christmas,” she wrote, concluding with, “God Bless You.”

In a second letter, a mother writes that she is taking a full-time college course related to the medical profession and is working part-time in a clothing store. She goes on to say, “My husband has been out of work and looking for a while now, and I am supporting my family with just my income.”

“I will not have much money to buy presents for my daughter this year on Christmas, so I am asking if you can please help me make this year a joyful one for my baby girl,” the letter said.

A third letter is from a ­Boston mother who is disabled. “I have a rare and fatal disease called MELAS syndrome of which my younger sister passed away from 4 years ago.

“Despite her death,” she adds, “I ended up giving birth to the sweetest little boy 1 year and 4 days after my sister’s death.

“Although he is very sweet and active, he is disabled as well. He suffers from MELAS syndrome, severe eczema, disruptive behavior disorder, and PDD (an autism spectrum disorder.)

“Because I get sick and I am hospitalized often, I cannot work and I’m just getting by with his bills. If I only had one wish it would be to give my son his best Christmas with gifts under the tree.”

Her letter concludes, “Please, anything you can do to help or assist in giving him a great Christmas would be appreciated.”

Thanks to Globe Santa’s thousands of generous friends, all of the children mentioned in this story will be receiving gifts.

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