Parents set up two nativities for their 3 girls

They don’t have much, but what they do have goes to their three little girls.

So when Victor heard about the Union Leader Santa Fund for the Salvation Army, it felt like a godsend. All three of his girls believe in Santa, so facing a Christmas without presents was going to be difficult.

“For a family like us to be able to get Christmas gifts, that’s like a family salvation,” he said.

It’s been a very tough year. Victor can’t work due to a disabling spine condition; he has to use a cane to walk. They get Social Security disability and $115 a month in food stamps, but by the end of the month, there’s precious little food left for the family of five.

“Everything we do, we do it for the girls,” Victor said. “If there’s only a little bit of food to eat, we prefer for them to eat. We just go to bed.”

Their two youngest girls, ages 9 and 10, love “Frozen” and “Moana” dolls. Their eldest, 13, is autistic, and she loves the same toys as her little sisters, Victor said.

“They’ll be happy with anything,” he said.

Despite the adversity, their faith remains strong, Victor said. For Christmas, they set up two nativity sets to honor the Christ child.

“We always put one under the tree and one, always, on a table,” he said. “For the girls.”

Santa Fund donations may be made by sending a check to the Union Leader Santa Fund, in care of the New Hampshire Union Leader, 100 William Loeb Drive, Manchester 03109; or by placing a donation in the Santa Fund box in the lobby of the newspaper, at 100 William Loeb Drive, Manchester, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Donations can also be made online at www.unionleader.com/santafund.

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. If a donor wishes, we will publish photos of gifts of $1000 or more.

Call Shannon Sullivan at 206-7833 for more information.