Item Santa: Help a family that could use a good break

Bad breaks happen to everyone, but when you’re living to paycheck to paycheck, a bad medical diagnosis, trouble with the car, or losing a job can spell disaster for hard-working parents and especially their kids.

One such parent wrote to Item Santa outlining a series of bad breaks. Their kids have new and significant medical problems, and the family car gave out.

“Both of our children have gotten a severe medical diagnosis in which we need our car to be in running order. We just had to run a tab at our mechanic’s office of upwards of $800 just to keep it running. We have no idea where we are going to get that money, nevermind money for food or Christmas.”

Sadly, medical emergencies, chronic conditions, and other bad breaks were at the heart of several letters received by Item Santa this year. One writer said the choice was between keeping the kids fed and getting gifts.

“I am unable to work due to health conditions and I am unable to provide Christmas gifts for the kids because the money I do get is to pay bills and maintain the house.”

Another reader took on the challenge of raising a child in spite of their own challenges.

“I am a disabled person who took in a child in need, ” another wrote. “I didn’t realize it was this hard making it just barely.”

And another, a single mother, is already doing everything she can for her kids. A break around the holiday season would be a welcome change for her.

“I am currently living in a family shelter and to obtain the little extras makes it very difficult for me at times.”

Now in its 51st year, the Item Santa fund endeavors to make Christmas a little brighter for those among us who are less fortunate. Fill out the form below to make a donation. Any amount will help a family that needs a good break.

All donations are listed in Item print editions through the month of December and into 2017, along with a brief message from each donor, if desired.

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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