Item Santa hears from scores of parents every year, asking for a little help with toys for their kids.
But every once in a while, Santa hears from the kids. And while they’d like a toy, they’re more concerned about helping their parents.
“I thank God for the life of my mom, she has been doing the role of mom and dad,” one child wrote to Item Santa. “She has always worked hard so that we have what we need.”
This writer asked for a Cookie Monster because “it’s my favorite.” They also asked Santa to “please take care of the hospital.”
It’s amazing to realize just how much kids pick up watching their moms and dads. Kelvin, another letter writer, is only 12 years old but he already understands how tough it can be for families to make ends meet.
“My mom needs help for my siblings and I’s gifts because my mom has a lot of things like cable, bills, gas and insurance and many more,” another little writer said. “Please think about it, Santa.”
By giving to Item Santa, you can help kids like these and their entire families. In the meantime, they’ll keep an eye out for the big guy come Christmas eve.
“I will wait for you to eat cookies and drink milk,” the first letter writer reminded Santa.
Now in its 52nd year, the Item Santa fund helps to make Christmas brighter for the needy. To donate, clip the coupon in The Item and mail it, along with your check, to The Item Salvation Army Santa, P.O. Box 5, Lynn, MA 01903. You can visit itemsanta.org to make a donation online.
All donations are listed in Item print editions through the month of December and into 2019, along with a brief message from each donor, if desired.
Those 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.