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Item Santa: Child asks Santa for help for his parents

Many letters to Item Santa come from parents, grandparents and guardians who are looking to brighten their children’s holiday seasons with something under the tree. But this letter is different, as a nine-year-old takes it upon himself to write to Santa.

Coming from non-English-speaking parents, this child is surely communicating for both themselves and their parents.

“Dear Santa Claus, I hope you are well,” the letter begins. “I am writing this letter to see if you can help me with my gifts for Christmas, because my mom and dad do not have a lot of money to do it.”

Even at nine years old, this child understands that his parents are in a tough position. And they comprehend that the money coming into the household must go to the necessities, like “food so we can be healthy and strong.”

Even though money is tight, the Christmas spirit of this child is not dampened. Though they hope Santa will read their letter and hear their requests, they hope he has a Merry Christmas regardless.

A gift from Item Santa would help make this child’s holiday a little brighter.

To make a direct donation to Item Santa, fill out the form below or visit

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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