EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 21, 2012

A few small wishes fulfilled can make a big difference

By Lars Trodson

---- — Madeline’s life is difficult.

She is a single mom raising six kids and, like most single parents, she struggles to pay her bills.

In her house, she said, “we only buy what we need.”

Madeline’s oldest daughter babysits to earn money for her own school clothes. Her second-born, a son, mows lawns and shovels the driveways of their neighbors (when there is snow), so the two oldest are learning to be self-sufficient by working hard.

Madeline said she is turning to The Eagle-Tribune Santa Fund for her four youngest children, as those two oldest understand that Christmas is for the littlest in their family.

Kayla is 3 and loves kittens and baby dolls. Isaiah and Moses play all kinds of sports, baseball, basketball, football, you name it. Ruth would like a new backpack.

Nothing extravagant, just a few things to make the holiday a little exciting through the help of The Santa Fund.