The Christmas season should be a time of celebration, of happiness, for families and adults. Especially children. Some, due to circumstances beyond their control, have seen their lives turned upside down and face a bleak holiday.
One mother is worried her little girl will miss out on Christmas this year. “I am struggling,” she writes. “I care for my daughter and take care of my mother and younger sister.” Her older brother died in October, and the financial burden has fallen on her shoulders. “Help from Item Santa would be great, so I can give my daughter something, which I can’t do at the moment.”
A second mother writes, “I am a single mom. I have raised my two kids on my own since their father passed away four years ago. I work to be able to provide what I can for my kids … but there’s not enough money to buy even small things this Christmas season. I hope you are able to help. My family and I would be really grateful. Thank you.”
That’s where Item Santa comes to the rescue. Now in its 52nd year, the fund helps to make Christmas brighter for those in need.
To donate, clip the coupon in The Item and mail it, along with your check, to The Item Salvation Army Santa, PO Box 5, Lynn, MA 01903.
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.