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Ailing mom seeks gifts for 2

Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys (left) auctioned off a guitar signed by band members on Friday during Improv Asylum’s 24-hour comedy marathon to benefit Globe Santa.
Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys (left) auctioned off a guitar signed by band members on Friday during Improv Asylum’s 24-hour comedy marathon to benefit Globe Santa.Mary O’Connor for the Boston Globe

A single mother from a community west of Boston has endured a hard time financially during the past few years, but not because of the nation’s slow economic recovery, she said in a letter to Globe Santa.

The mother said that she had suffered a severe spinal cord injury and has been unable to work. In fact, she wrote, she’s lucky to be able to walk.

“It took hard work and determination to maintain my ability to walk, but I persevered,” she said in her letter to Globe Santa.

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She has fought hard to recover enough mobility to continue to be active in her children’s lives, but her 11-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son have taken on the role of caretaker more often than she would ever have imagined.

“I am blessed with two wonderful and helpful children who bring joy to my life every day,” she added.

Asking Globe Santa for help has been difficult, she said, as the family was accustomed to giving to others, especially during the holiday season.

But spending the last two years in physical therapy to build strength and relearn how to perform even basic functions not only prevented her from working, she explained, it eliminated her ability to pay for anything other than the basic necessities.

Despite their own hardships, however, the letter goes on to say that she has always taught her children the importance of being grateful and of helping those whose circumstances are more difficult than their own.

“For many years, we were the family that sponsored children in our community,” she wrote. “We continually volunteer as much as we can by donating and supporting our community food bank.”

Like most parents, she also believes her young daughter and son — who have stuck together and stayed positive through very trying times — deserve a memorable Christmas complete with a visit from Santa Claus.

“In closing, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to receive this year,” she wrote. “It means a lot to me, and it will mean even more when the children see our tree Christmas morning.”

This family of three will be among tens of thousands of other families whose Christmas is made brighter thanks to a visit from Globe Santa.

Since 1956, the Globe Santa campaign has delivered toys, books, stocking stuffers, games, and candy to thousands of families throughout Eastern Massachusetts that celebrate Christmas in the Santa Claus tradition but cannot afford gifts for their children.

Last year alone, $1.2 million was raised and more than 50,000 children in 32,240 families discovered presents from Globe Santa under their tree.

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