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Payson family of seven struggling after tough financial year

November 24, 2018

Christmas has always been a tricky time for Sandra’s family, but they’ve usually been able to manage it.

“I’ve always made it work, shopped the sales,” Sandra said. “Most of the stuff we buy is used.”

The Payson family, which includes Sandra, her husband and their five children ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old, have been a part of the United Way of Utah County’s Sub for Santa program before, a handful of years ago when Sandra’s husband was out of work for an injury.

“It was very nice and it took a huge amount of stress off us,” Sandra said.

She starts purchasing gifts for the next Christmas soon as the previous one ends, keeping an eye out for when things are discounted. They’re frugal, and the children don’t know their items are used.

This year, the money that would normally have been saved has had to go to other needs, like a broken refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. They’ve also had to do car repairs and pay medical bills.

Sandra said it was hard to sign up, but they wouldn’t want their children to not have Christmas. They’ve never made Christmas extravagant, and said the family that helped them the last time they were in the Sub for Santa program was kind and thoughtful.

Sandra’s family has given to angel trees in the past and have taught their children about service. As hard as it is to accept help, Sandra said they’ve explained to the children that if there was nobody to help, they couldn’t help anyone. She hopes they can help another family at Christmas in the future.

All names of Sub for Santa participants have been changed. To help a family like this one, call the Sub for Santa hot line at (801) 356-6300 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays or visit http://www.subforsanta.org.

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