'We do what we can to keep them happy'
They have a home and Christopher earns enough between two jobs to cover expenses for the couple and their four children, ages 12, 11, 7 and 6 months. But presents for Christmas are on the parents' wish list as well the kids' because the money isn't there to pay for gifts.
Because many of the kids' friends are in similar situations, the older two are getting into the holiday spirit by helping out, focusing on what they can give rather than receiving.
Hillary said the family's 12-year-old daughter was moved a couple years ago when she saw a Salvation Army bell ringer collecting donations out in the cold. They have made it a family tradition since then to bring hot chocolate to every bell ringer they can as Christmas gets closer. The 7-year-old is still a wide-eyed boy counting the days until Santa arrives, hoping he brings a new set of Pokemon trading cards. His baby brother is currently teething and considers most anything he can get his hands on to be a present.
Hillary is grateful for the Santa Fund program and the assurance that there will be at least something under the tree for the children.
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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With your donation, the Union Leader will publish a short holiday message in the newspaper. Just write it up exactly as you would have it appear, printing clearly, and mail it along with your donation. If you prefer to donate online, follow the link on the page following the transaction to submit a Christmas message.
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