Letter # 1239 Mother needs help this Christmas Letter #1239
Dear Secret Santa,
First off, I want to say that I am so very thankful for genuine loving, caring, and generous people in our community that participate in making Christmas happen for those who are in times of need.
I am a single full time mother to four amazing children. I have three boys ages 12, 9, 7, and my daughter is 10. In the beginning of 2017, I was fortunate enough to finally remove myself and children from an extremely unhealthy, toxic, abusive relationship with my ex-husband, and their father. I was forced to leave my full-time job that supported the household, and moved out of my home and into a safe house. I was able to receive assistance through Sonoma County Human Services, and the Family Justice Center. I didn’t realize how difficult this path would be for us when we left, but I continued daily to remain strong and positive.
After almost a year of going to court dates, I was able to obtain a 5 year restraining order, full custody of my children, a divorce, and therapy for myself and children. With very little support from family and friends (whom I am very thankful for) I felt hopeless, and lived day by day. After our stay at the Safe-house, we stayed with friends, hotels, and on occasion my vehicle.
Last year, We were unable to have a Christmas tree, watch our annual Christmas movie on Christmas Eve, no baking cookies for Santa and seeing the priceless looks on their faces Christmas morning when Santa left them gifts under the tree for their great behavior all year round. I felt like such a horrible mother, and when I sat them down to tell them Santa wasn’t coming, I couldn’t refrain from hysterically crying. But to my surprise, their responses were so humble and kind. My oldest son, grabbed me in a great big bear hug and said “Mom, it’s okay... We don’t need a Christmas tree. We don’t need stockings. We don’t need presents. We got the best gift already. You took us out of that life and we love you so much!” I realized then and there in that moment that us being together and safe from harm was the best gift I could ever wish for.
I am so thankful for these little humans that teach me daily to stay positive and humble. They have had a rough childhood and all I want to be able to do is to provide them a great future. I am working towards that now that I have somewhat collected my mind and have a plan set in stone. These children deserve the best in life, and I will do everything for them to make that happen. This Christmas I am praying that there is a family that would be able to help our family. And one day when I am in the position to do the same, I will not hesitate.
Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Ross, Barnes and Nobel, Justice, Payless, Footlocker, would be greatly appreciated.
Boy 12: Hover board, trick scooter, helmet, sketch kit.
Girl 10: Slime making kit, nail design kit, Ross or Walmart gift card.
Boy 9: Hover board, trick scooter, clarinet reeds, helmet.
Boy 7: Trick scooter, helmet, ps4.
I thank you for reading my letter, and wish you a very Merry Christmas.
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