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Dad hopes for a better Christmas

MANCHESTER — A stay-at-home dad, Paul recognizes he can't afford to provide his little boy and girl with new toy cars or princess items this Christmas.

"I recently was able to get them a book at the dollar store," he said. "They were so happy with it. My kids are very grateful for whatever they get."

But he said he is hoping that this Christmas is different, so he has asked the New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army for help because his girlfriend's $1,600 per month income as a phlebotomist is not enough to cover the family's bills.

"It's really hard for us to afford presents," he said. "I really want my kids to have a good amount of presents, but it's really hard for us to do that."

Paul, 25, said he and his girlfriend receive no public assistance as they raise their son, who just turned 4, and their daughter, who will turn 5 this month. He said he is also a certified phlebotomist, but getting a day job right now barely makes sense.
"If I do, all of my money would go to day care," he said.

He said he tries to find side jobs to pull in a little extra income.

"If I can find a job, even if it's just cleaning up garbage, I will do what I can to put food on the table," he said.

Paul said his daughter loves anything that involves princesses, and his son is into toy cars and stuffed animals.

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

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.


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