Moquin & Daley donation jump-starts Santa FundBy DALE VINCENT
New Hampshire Union Leader
November 28. 2013 10:03PM
MANCHESTER — The law firm of Moquin & Daley traditionally makes the first significant financial donation each year to the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army. This year is no exception, as the firm, which also has offices in Boston, donated $7,500 to the Santa Fund. (See donor list, Page B1.)
Partner Terry Daley said members of the 226 Coolidge Ave. firm are familiar with the suffering resulting from catastrophic injury and death, nursing home neglect, Social Security disability, personal injury and other causes. Moquin and Daley attorneys know how those things can devastate a family financially.
But until he read a story in the New Hampshire Union Leader earlier this month, Daley said he had no idea how many children in Manchester go to bed hungry every night. That figure is one in four, according to a study by Feeding America, the national food bank organization of which the New Hampshire Food Bank is a member.
There are an estimated 140,000 people in the state who do not know where their next meal is coming from, according to the study, and 30,000 of those people are children. This food insecurity is not necessarily the result of an accident or injury. It can be the result of a money pinch caused by a job loss, an illness, loss of overtime, or a major repair on an aging vehicle needed to go to work.
"I had no idea there were so many," said Daley. "I'm glad the Santa Fund is there."
Hundreds of families will be helped by the Santa Fund again this year.
All the money donated to the Santa Fund goes to help those in need. There are no overhead costs and there is never a goal set. The idea behind the Santa Fund is that people who can share their good fortune will, according to what is comfortable for them.
The Santa Fund provides a grocery store gift card to families, in addition to toys for children from the Toy Shop. The Santa Fund also provides warm clothing to hundreds of children. It helps pay for Kids Cafe, which provides hot meals for children, along with games, homework help and guidance. The Santa Fund assists some families with food at Thanksgiving, provides a Thanksgiving dinner with entertainment for seniors, provides small gifts for the elderly and infirm during visits by the Salvation Army auxiliary members, sends inner-city youngster to a week of summer camp at the Salvation Army Camp Sebago in Maine, and helps pay for summer day camp so parents can continue working during summer school vacation.
The generosity of Santa Fund donors makes it possible for the holidays to still be a joyful time. The Santa Fund makes food, clothing and gifts available during the holiday season, so financially stressed families can put their resources toward paying bills for basic needs.
Santa Fund donations may be made by sending a check to the Union Leader Santa Fund, in care of the New Hampshire Union Leader, P.O. Box 9555, Manchester 03108; or by placing a donation in the Santa Fund box in the lobby of the newspaper, at 100 William Loeb Drive, Manchester, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations can also be made online at www.unionleader.com/santafund.
Every effort is made to promptly publish Santa Fund contributions. Donors who wish to see their contributions listed before Christmas are encouraged to submit them as soon as possible. The Union Leader publishes photos of donors of $1,000 or more.
Call Shannon Sullivan at 206-7833 for more information.