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She has high hopes, few resources for grandson

Staff report
December 02. 2012 1:32AM

A Manchester grandmother works two part-time jobs while caring for her toddler grandson and still pays out twice as much as her take-home pay in rent, utilities, food and automobile expenses.

Her grandson is 3. He is still sometimes troubled by the move to her custody, although his mother visits as often as she can.

"This is only temporary until my daughter can get on her feet," said Naomi (not her real name).

The grandmother said she is working as much as she can, but hopes to find day care for her grandson so she can put in more hours.

Her grandson is a "typical boy," she said.

"He's very, very active. ... He had a difficult time during the transition," Naomi said.

She tries to keep him busy, to maintain a predictable schedule.

Naomi is grateful for the help offered by the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army, but her hopes for her grandson include things that no amount of money can buy.

"I hope that he is happy," Naomi said.

While the bills are mounting, at least there is no worry about having a Christmas tree.

"I have a fake one," she said. "We are putting it up next week."

Naomi tries to stay upbeat.

"It's not easy, but things are going to work out. I'm very optimistic," she said.

Her Christmas wish is for her grandson to be living with his mother as soon as possible, but her daughter is struggling to find full-time work, although she does work part time.

She trusts her daughter to be diligent because she knows how much she loves her son. "I'm very proud of her."

What about a Christmas wish for a busy grandmother? "I don't know," Naomi said. "I haven't had time to think about myself."

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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 ?nancially 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 7 a.m. to 7 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.

For more information, call Christy Detrude at 668-4321, ext. 507.

Click here to donate to the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army.

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