By Danielle DeSisto:
It’s been over a year since three children in Willingboro have seen their mother.
Their parents recently divorced, and it’s been tough for the kids to adjust to not having her around. Their father tries his best to lift their spirits, but after losing his job several months ago, it’s been increasingly difficult for him to hold his head high.
“My children have been through a lot emotionally because of this,” the father wrote in a letter to the Give A Christmas fund, co-sponsored by the Burlington County Times and Willingboro Rotary Club. “It’s very hard for the children to contact their mother, and the postcards to her are stacking up.”
Despite these hardships, the children are on the honor roll at school. The oldest, an 11-year-old boy, is a cancer survivor.
As Christmas Day draws closer, the father dreams of giving his children the joyous holiday he knows they deserve.
“I would just like to show them that we can still have a beautiful Christmas, even though they have not seen their mom in a while,” the father wrote. “I want them to feel special, to take part in the Christmas spirit, in giving and loving others.”
Since 1968, Give A Christmas has collected and distributed over $3 million to Burlington County families in need. As of Sunday, the program has raised $61,634 this year.