Christmas tough for single mom
MANCHESTER — Lydia is a single mom with two jobs and three kids.
She barely makes ends meet, paying her $1,700 a month in expenses with the total of $2,000 in income she has, meaning Christmas will be difficult without the help of donors to the New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army.
"My kids are at an age where they still believe in Santa," said the mother of a 4-year-old girl, 3-year-old boy and 8-month-old girl. "But I can't afford to get the things on Santa's list."
Lydia works full time as a child care teacher and part time as a dietary aide in a hospital kitchen. Luckily, she's able to bring her children to her full-time job, so she gets to spend some time with them.
But even the two jobs aren't enough to pay all the bills and have plenty left over for the things that kids want at Christmas, such as cars, airplanes and trucks for her boy and Barbies for her daughter. Or the ice skates they both want.
She said she hopes donors continue to contribute to the Santa Fund to make Christmas a little brighter for kids like hers.
"It's just very heartwarming for kids when they receive anything," she said.
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.