A young single parent seeks joy for son
As a single parent who also cares for her ailing mother, she is a young woman shouldering weighty responsibilities.
Yet in a letter to Globe Santa, she talks almost exclusively about her efforts to better herself and her gratitude for the many blessings that the tightknit family enjoys.
“I’m a continuing college student and recently graduated with my associate’s degree in liberal arts,’’ she wrote. “My goal is to hopefully start college next fall to work toward my bachelor’s degree.’’
She and her 3-year-old son share a small home in a community west of Boston with her mother, who has multiple sclerosis.
Her mother’s MS has progressed to the point that she is in a wheelchair, which adds to their struggles, she wrote.
But her son has brought them tremendous joy and the three living together, while it presents plenty of challenges, they also enjoy many laughs and comforting routines as simple as sitting down to dinner together.
“My son is the love of my life and really deserves a good Christmas,’’ she said in her letter. “As a single mom, any help for Christmas would really make my life a little easier.’’
Since 1956, Globe Santa has helped families like this one. The campaign delivers toys, books, games, candy, and other items every year to tens of thousands of families throughout Eastern Massachusetts so their children can share in the thrill of discovering presents Christmas morning rather than wondering why they were left out.
The thought of her son feeling sad on Christmas Day motivated her to ask Globe Santa for help, the young boy’s mother wrote. And she is not alone. For thousands of struggling parents and guardians, Globe Santa has long been a beacon of hope.
This woman said she has been searching for work for several months and has gone on “countless interviews,’’ but is still among the thousands of long-term unemployed.
She is certain that her luck will change, however, and intends to give back to Globe Santa so that other needy children can receive gifts at Christmas despite their families’ hardships.
“I really do believe that what goes around comes around,’’ she wrote. “I hope that one day I can return the favor and help another family in need.’’
Her son will be among the tens of thousands of other children who receive a visit from Globe Santa this year because of the generosity of individuals, groups, and local businesses, many of whom have made giving to Globe Santa a part of their Christmas tradition.
And every dollar raised by Globe Santa is used to buy gifts; the Boston Globe Foundation pays all the administrative costs associated with the holiday campaign.