Reporter's book shows the Christmas spirit, benefits the Santa Fund
"The Christmas Coin" by Mark Hayward.To purchase the book, visit goshop.nh.com.
This is the theme behind "The Christmas Coin," a children's book penned by veteran New Hampshire Union Leader reporter Mark Hayward with illustrations by children from the Salvation Army's youth programs.
"The message is, 'Don't let money ruin your Christmas,'" Hayward said. "In the end, the boy realizes he's losing his Christmas. It's his obsession with the coin that's ruining Christmas. And what better way to get rid of it than to give it to the Salvation Army?"
"I wondered, 'What if he never let go of it?' And it all came together. Then I thought, 'What if it happened on Christmas?'" Hayward said.
For her part, Sullivan said she was happy to help make the project a reality.
How to donate
Santa Fund donations can be made by completing the online form by clicking "Donate" below or send a check to:
THE SANTA FUND
You can also drop off the printed form in our newspaper and a donation in the Santa Fund box at the Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will also have a donation drop box at the Intown Manchester Holiday Market on Thursday, November 29 and every Thursday in December.
Share a holiday greeting
With your donation, the Union Leader will publish a short holiday message in the newspaper. Just write it up exactly as you would have it appear, printing clearly, and mail it along with your donation. If you prefer to donate online, follow the link on the page following the transaction to submit a Christmas message.
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