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What does Christmas mean to you?
It makes me sad that as a parent I can’t give the girls a great Christmas because of my financial circumstances. For many of us, Christmas is a time of celebration – spending time with our loved ones, sharing gifts and eating a delicious Christmas lunch. Our day is filled with love and laughter, surrounded by friends and family whilst our children open their gifts, hoping for that special toy they put on their wish list. For Emily, Christmas has always been a special time of year. Growing up she remembers her family’s big white Christmas tree surrounded by gifts. However, when her parents separated, things quickly changed and Christmas was no longer a day to celebrate. “After that we barely celebrated Christmas because we couldn’t afford it.” Now, Emily has children of her own and sadly, Christmas hasn’t become any easier. As a single mother of two young girls, Emily does her best to provide them with everything they need all year round, but when it comes to Christmas, her budget simply cannot stretch that far. This year is set to be the hardest, with the children’s father no longer providing child support payments.
“It makes me sad that as a parent I can’t give the girls a great Christmas because of my financial circumstances. It’s really sad when you see people posting photos or people out-and-about doing things and I can’t even afford a proper dinner.” Emily’s greatest fear is that her daughters will wake on Christmas morning to find nothing under the Christmas tree. Sadly, there are many families facing the same fear as Emily this Christmas. Unable to afford to put food on the table or gifts under the tree. Last year, Connections was able to provide more than 3,650 gifts and 498 food hampers to families in need. But we can’t do it without the support of people like you. With your donations, we will ensure Emily and her daughters can have the Christmas they deserve. Your donation will also let Emily know that she is not alone. “During Christmas, when you can’t afford gifts and a Christmas lunch, it feels like you’re the only one. Sometimes
I think ‘shame on me, I should have tried harder, what kind of parent am I, that I can’t give my girls a Christmas?’” For Emily, nothing means more to her than her children and being able to create precious memories for her daughters to cherish as they grow older. Your donation will ensure that Lalinda and Mila wake on Christmas morning to find gifts under the tree and help Emily create a Christmas to remember forever. Please, make a donation today to give children like Lalinda and Mila a Christmas to remember. You can alleviate some of the pressure by also donating gifts and non-perishable food items to the Connections’ Christmas Food & Gift Appeal.
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