You Can Help Santa Make a Little Girl Smile
By Sun Santa’s Elves
Amy knows all too well how devastating it can be to have a bad year.
Five years ago, her husband passed away due to an accident. Their daughter, Norah, was less than a year old then. Amy began working at a series of retail and restaurant jobs to try to support herself and Norah.
As the years passed, Amy was able to continue to provide for herself and Norah as a single mother even when times were hard. She was able to find a decent home where she rented from a landlord outside of Lowell. Norah is now in pre-school, and is a sweet little girl. Amy always believed in the importance and value of education, and she wanted to set an example for Norah. After saving up, Amy was able to begin taking classes at a community college where she is studying to become an ultrasound technician.
Things were looking good for Amy and Norah after the first year of classes, but then the unthinkable happened.
Amy’s landlord told her over the summer that he would be selling the home that Amy had rented for all of these years. Amy had great difficulty finding a new home. And for a few nights over the fall, Amy and Norah had no choice but to sleep in a women’s shelter.
Amy was finally able to find a new house to rent, and she moved in this past month. But the rent is much higher. Through all of this adversity, Amy has continued going to college and is expected to graduate in the spring with an associate’s degree.
She knows things will be much better and different next year, but for now Amy is unable to afford Christmas gifts for Norah. With all that Norah has been through, Amy wants to make her Christmas bright this year.
“Thank you and God bless you all and all the people who donate to this cause,” Amy wrote The Sun Santa Fund.
There’s still time to help Amy and Norah have a great Christmas.
Since its founding in 1988, the goal of The Sun Santa Fund has been to help every family in need that has been identified by our partners, The Salvation Army and Community Teamwork Inc. The Army and CTI process applications from families in the 23 communities in The Sun’s circulation area and distribute gift and food vouchers to the families.
Thanks to our major partner, Lowell General Hospital, local businesses, schoolchildren and readers we have always met our goal. Sun Santa vouchers are accepted at Rogers Toys in Lowell, Kmart in Billerica, Hannaford Supermarket in Dracut, Lowell and Chelmsford and all Market Basket stores.
Many donations come from individuals who donate $5 to $25. All donations help and are recorded by the newspaper.
Donation canisters, stickers and buttons are available for businesses who would like to help. Businesses donating $500 or more are welcome to submit a digital photo that will be printed in The Sun as space is available.
Educators are encouraged to hold “penny drives” in their buildings or classrooms to involve children in Sun Santa.
Secure online donations can be made at www.lowellsun/sunsanta, or by mail to The Sun Santa Fund, 491 Dutton St. Lowell, MA 01854. Brief messages are welcome.