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Single mom wants joy for her daughters

Cynthia has two young daughters and recently moved because her last Section 8 apartment was condemned due to mold.

A single mom, she receives Social Security because of mental health issues, but wants to get back on her feet. She said she is pursuing a cosmetology degree to make a better life for the girls, ages 2 and 5.

"Hopefully one day I can work at a salon or even own my own someday," said Cynthia, not her real name.

Her income, including child support, comes to about $1,350 a month, and her expenses run more than $1,000 a month with rent, utilities, child care and food.

She hopes that the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army will help put Christmas presents under the tree this year.

"I'd like to get the baby Elmo and my older girl loves anything to do with hairdressing or nail polish to be like me," she said.

Juggling school and parenting is hard, but will be well worth it in the future, she said. She said her mother has serious health issues, but helps out when she can.

"At times, yes it's hard," she said.

Cynthia grew up in Manchester and attends a Christian church, she said.

"It's not just about receiving gifts, but both my daughters are young and will be looking for gifts under the tree," Cynthia said.

It will be wonderful to get some presents for her children, Cynthia said, but she plans on teaching them there is more to the day than gifts.

"Being with my family" is one of the biggest gifts, Cynthia 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 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.


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