'Sometimes, people hit hard times'
Her four children understand their parents can't afford to buy the "newest, hottest electronic stuff" for Christmas, she said.
Her teenage son, she said, "asked for a ukulele because he wants to play it for his talent show at school."
Without the New Hampshire Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army, Sheehan said, Christmas would be lean.
In previous years, Sheehan has volunteered at the Santa Fund, helping other parents pick out gifts.
"This is the opposite end of the spectrum," she said. "I do have a certain sensitivity toward people because of that."
"I had hoped I wouldn't have to," she said. "It's there for a reason, and it's here to help people. I'm grateful it's there. Sometimes, people hit hard times and people need to keep their chin up until things turn around.
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