Economy tough on mom of 6
Sofia has her hands and life full, no doubt about it. (See Santa Fund list, Page B3.)
But this native of the Dominican Republic, who has been in the United States for about 20 years, and in Manchester for 15 of those years, is not complaining. Her eldest daughter, Emma, spoke to us because Sofia does not speak English.
Emma, who is about 30, lives separately and also works. She helps out her mother, three brothers and three sisters when she can.
Emma said her mother takes as many extra hours as she can get at the Manchester-area factory that employs her.
But the workflow is not always steady. Often during the year, Sophia has her hours cut.
Sophia this year applied for assistance from the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army for the first time.
"Whatever they see on TV, they want," she said. "They write it down and we get what we can get. Sure, it's a difficult situation, but it is what it is and you have to deal with it as it comes."
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.
How to donate
Santa Fund donations can be made by completing the online form by clicking "Donate" below or send a check to:
THE SANTA FUND
You can also drop off the printed form in our newspaper and a donation in the Santa Fund box at the Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive in Manchester from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. We will also have a donation drop box at the Intown Manchester Holiday Market on Thursday, November 29 and every Thursday in December.
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