A young mother from Boston had her family torn apart about 18 months ago when her husband — the father of their young twins, a son and a daughter — passed away unexpectedly.
The strength of their family had helped them through tough times, financially and otherwise, but now she will have to do her best to raise the children alone.
“Nothing can replace the void that we are experiencing with the loss of my husband, but I strive to maintain some type of normalcy in my children’s lives,” she wrote in a letter to Globe Santa. “They miss their father so very much and we all continue to carry him in our hearts.”
Her fraternal twins will turn 11 in December, and the loss of their father has hit each of them hard.
While they continue to make their mother proud with their resilience, she knows the Christmas season feels bittersweet without their father and she wants to make this year special.
“Our memories of last holiday season are so foggy, because we were and still are in such a state of mourning,” she wrote. “I am hopeful that Globe Santa may be able to aid me in being able to provide my children with a spirited holiday this year.”
As a single parent, she has struggled on a limited income to keep up with the bare necessities, and is always concerned about making sure her two children stay healthy and active.
It has been “very difficult acquiring clothing, shoes (especially with winter approaching) . . . not to mention keeping a roof over our heads, food on the table, all the utilities paid as well as after-school recreational programs,” she wrote.
Without any money left for Christmas gifts, this single mother turned to Globe Santa for help — knowing that for more than 50 years, the fund drive has delivered presents to children in needy families. And although she never could have imagined just a few years ago that she would be one of the families in need, she is grateful that Globe Santa is here.
Since 1956, the Globe Santa campaign has delivered toys, books, stocking stuffers, games, and candy to families throughout Eastern Massachusetts that celebrate Christmas in the Santa Claus tradition but cannot afford gifts for their children.
“Thank you in advance for making it possible for so many children to be able to enjoy their holiday season and we look forward to hearing from Globe Santa,” she wrote. “On behalf of my son and my daughter, we wish you the happiest holiday season ever!”
Of course, Globe Santa is able to make his deliveries only because of the thousands of individuals, groups, businesses, and others who donate to the campaign. There are scores of annual fund-raising events and collections at local restaurants and community groups, some of which are organized by those who remember Globe Santa from their own childhood.
All the donations — from Santa’s Friends and from those who give in memory of loved ones — are listed in the print edition of The Boston Globe as well as at GlobeSanta.org.
Last year alone, $1.2 million was raised and more than 50,000 children in 32,240 families discovered presents under their tree, thanks to Globe Santa’s friends.