Item Santa: ‘Swallowing my pride for my son’

A hard-working mother of a 2-year-old boy needs help this holiday season.

“I am barely making ends meet, but I want to provide my son with presents under the Christmas tree to open,” she wrote.

She describes her boy as a typical toddler who loves cars, trucks, Spider-Man, Elmo, and Mickey Mouse.

“He deserves nothing but the best, and I try to help provide that for him,” his mom told us.

That said, mom said she would be grateful for any help for the child.

“I am not the type to ask for help, but I am swallowing my pride for my son,” she wrote. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

To make a direct donation to Item Santa, clip the coupon in today’s Item and mail it, along with your check, to The Item Salvation Army Santa, P.O. Box 951, Lynn, MA 01903.
To contribute online, go to, where you can make a donation via credit card.
All donations are listed in The Item through December and into 2018, along with a brief message from each donor, if they desire.
Anyone interested in signing up to collect at Santa Island or any business willing to sell stockings should contact David Solimine Sr. or Joel Solimine at 781-595-1492.
NOTE: The application period for aid from Item Santa has closed and The Item does not process applicants. All questions about the program and distribution of gifts should be directed to Salvation Army at 781-598-0673.

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