For many parents, last-minute Christmas shopping is par for the course, an annual event slightly resembling the running of the bulls that’s always going to be different “next year.”
But for thousands of others, the days before the holiday send their stress levels soaring as they scramble to afford something — anything — for their children to find under the Christmas tree.
Many turn to Globe Santa for help, humbly accepting the fact that, at least for now, they cannot do it alone.
“I am the mother of four beautiful children. We currently reside in a two-bedroom apartment, and my only income is currently DTA [Department of Transitional Assistance] benefits,” wrote a single mother from a city west of Boston.
She has three sons and a daughter, ages 8, 5, 3, and 2, and they are a constant source of inspiration, their mother wrote, particularly as the family has endured some very hard times.
Her youngest son was diagnosed with autism, and the past couple of years have been consumed by tests, medical appointments, and therapy, all of which come with both a high financial cost and a heavy emotional toll.
Throughout their trials, however, the family has stuck together, even leaned on one another for strength.
“My children have been strong, caring, loving, and supportive,” their mother wrote. “We are a team. I couldn’t be the mother I am today if it weren’t for these amazing babies.”
The reason she wrote to Globe Santa is a simple one: Without help, she cannot provide presents for her children this Christmas. It is something she wouldn’t have thought possible a few short years ago, and a situation that would cause most any parent to shudder.
“I have love, all my heart, but I can’t afford to give my babies toys,” she concluded. “Please help them wake up to a tree with toys. Let them know Santa HAS seen how amazing they have been. Help me bring joy, happiness, fun and laughter to their Christmas.”
These children will know that Santa Claus hasn’t forgotten about them this Christmas, as they join tens of thousands of others in receiving gifts from Globe Santa.
But their joyful morning would likely be missed if it weren’t for the good will of thousands of individuals, groups, businesses, restaurants, schools, social clubs, and others who donate to the fund drive, many of whom remember Globe Santa from their own childhood.
Since 1956, the campaign, which is a program of the Boston Globe Foundation, has delivered clothes, toys, books, games, and other gifts to area families.
There’s still time to help put a smile on a child’s face this Christmas. Please consider making a contribution to Globe Santa today, either by mail or phone or at globesanta.org.
‘I have love, all my heart, but I can’t afford to give my babies toys.’
Another way to give to Globe Santa is through AmazonSmile.
The Boston Globe Foundation has partnered with Amazon to allow online shoppers to have a portion of the purchase price of eligible products they buy donated by the AmazonSmile Foundation to the Globe Foundation, which sponsors Globe Santa.
To become involved in this program go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/04-2731195 and sign in to your Amazon account. That way you’ll be giving the gifts you buy and giving again to make sure needy children don’t go without this Christmas.Christopher Tangney can be reached at ctangney22@