Student struck by car thankful for kids' gifts

Sara was a full-time nursing student, walking home from a night doing her clinical training when she was struck by a car while in a crosswalk.

That was last February and today, the mom of three is still recovering from a shoulder injury and post-concussive syndrome.

“It was just starting to snow and I guess he didn’t see me because he plowed right into me,” she said. “It was really hard for a while but I am pretty much back to normal. But it’s hard because as a nurse you have to be able to lift a lot.”

She turned to the Salvation Army for help with Christmas presents for her three children, ages 5, 4, and 2. Last year, she was helped and the kids received a V-Tech V.Smile learning system and “they had a great Christmas because of it.”

“It’s still their favorite thing in the whole world right now,” she said.

Despite the accident, Sara did graduate with high honors with a nurse practitioner’s degree and is licensed in EKG and phlebotomy. She plans to go back to school this winter, working toward becoming a surgical technician.

She said the Union Leader Santa Fund and Salvation Army has brought joy to her family and to so many others.

“It helps, especially with the young ones. They look forward to opening stuff on Christmas and playing with new things,” she said. “It really helps the low income (families) and those who can’t provide that much for their children.”

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 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 $1,000 or more. Call Shannon Sullivan at 206-7833 for more information.