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Mother asks only for children’s smiles

She seeks help to provide joy to youngsters

Radio host Fred Toettcher and his wife, Stephanie, visited Globe Santa with their children Zoey and Milo at Faneuil Hall on Saturday. The Toettchers urged fans to help Globe Santa this year. Radio host Fred Toettcher and his wife, Stephanie, visited Globe Santa with their children Zoey and Milo at Faneuil Hall on Saturday. The Toettchers urged fans to help Globe Santa this year. (Trista Allman for The Boston Globe)
By Christopher Tangney
Globe Santa Correspondent / December 13, 2010

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Scores of letters requesting a visit from Globe Santa are from parents whose circumstances have them worried that their children will feel left out on Christmas morning.

A single mother from Boston wrote on behalf of her four children, who she says give her the strength and inspiration to keep striving for a better life while exacting a heavy toll on her energy level.

“My oldest daughter is in the first grade now, and that’s made a difference,’’ she wrote. “But it’s still a lot to take care of my three younger children all day and then go to class at night.’’

The young woman is a full-time student and said that she enrolled in school after being laid off from her job more than a year ago.

The children’s grandmother is able to come to their apartment in the evenings to put her daughters, 6 and 3, and twin 1-year-old sons , to bed, which allows her the time to go to classes and study.

Although she is building for the future by pursuing a degree, her inability to find a job has left the family scraping to meet the monthly expenses and rarely able to afford even a night out to eat.

“Once in a while I take the girls to their favorite Chinese restaurant, maybe once a month, but other than that our whole life is spent at home for now,’’ she wrote.

“At times, life feels very difficult,’’ she added, “and that sinks in even more with Christmas coming.’’

She wants her children to know the thrill that comes with finding Christmas presents from Santa Claus under their tree, but knows that without assistance they will have to make do with very little. So she typed up a letter to Globe Santa last month and sent it off hoping that he could make her families’ Christmas a little brighter.

With a girl in the first grade and another getting ready for preschool, as well as twin boys just beginning to walk, she wrote that books, puzzles, crayons, and drawing paper would all be welcome items. But more than anything material, she said, seeing the smiles on their faces is what she looks forward to the most.

“I have four beautiful children, and when they are happy, then I am happy,’’ she wrote. “Out of the kindness of your heart, can Globe Santa help bring happiness to my children this holiday?’’