Item Santa: Help make a house a home

A struggling mother of two “beautiful girls” hopes Santa will bring them a gift for Christmas.  She is also hoping to keep the spirit of the holidays alive.

The family has suffered through tough times and spent the last year in a shelter, but has finally turned the corner and, thankfully, finally has a home to call their own.

But having to come up with first and last month’s rent and keep food on the table has drained the family’s budget, leaving the mother without a way to buy toys and gifts for her daughters this Christmas.

“I finally found a home for my girls and me and we just moved in Nov. 1, but I will not be able to give them a great Christmas that they deserve,” Mom wrote. “If you could help me make a nice Christmas for my girls this year, that would be great.  All I want this Christmas is for my girls to be happy and still believe in Santa.”

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.  You can also make an online donation by going 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 the distribution of gifts should be directed to Salvation Army at 781-598-0673.

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