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Raleigh woman asks Santa to help jobless this Christmas

Posted December 20, 2010
Updated December 21, 2010

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— All Melinda Pfeiffer wants for Christmas is a job. Looking under her Christmas tree at the smaller pile of presents she was able to afford for her three children this year, she hopes they won't notice.

"It has been a tough season, and I have broken down in tears," said Pfeiffer, 44, of Raleigh. "I got to get a job."

She decided to take her plea to a jolly old elf known for granting wishes this time of year. She wrote a letter to Santa and sent it to the News and Observer. They printed it – a Christmas list one item long.

"Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is a job," her letter states.

Ten months ago, Pfeiffer lost her job as a web editor. She has been on nearly a dozen interviews for new jobs, but the outcome is always the same.

"You don't get a call. You just drop off the face of the earth," she said.

Pfeiffer said she has it better than many of North Carolina's unemployed. She still has a roof over her head.

"I am not alone," she said. "I know I am not alone."

Her letter asked that others who are out of work get what they want too.

"Not just for me, but for all the millions of others in this predicament, and Santa, I still believe in you," it states.

Since her letter was printed earlier this month, Pfeiffer has received Christmas cards from strangers with well wishes for the holidays. She said she has another interview lined up after Christmas and is hopeful she will find a job.

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  • jphoustonwolf01 Dec 22, 12:54 p.m.

    I DID NOT EVEN HAVE UNEMPLOYEMENT,THANKS TO MY MOTHER,RETIRED,MY BROTHER,GIVING ME WHAT THEY CUD TO LIVE,300DOLLARS IN FOOD STAMPS WAS ALL I WAS ALOWED,I SOME HOW SURVIVED,UNLIKE MANY OTHERS,PROB NOT AS FORTUNATE AS ME,OR THUIS LADY,WISH I COULD CALL HER AS WISH HER WELL......JPHOUSTONWOLF01@YAHOO

  • jphoustonwolf01 Dec 22, 12:39 p.m.

    SHE IS...NOT ALONE,LIKE ME...OUT SINCE JULY,55YRS OLD...IF I AM NOT OF THIS RACE OR ETHNIC BACKROUND OR 18YRS OLD,WHAT DO THEY WANT. LOWES,HOME DEPOT,HIRES 80YR OLDS,AND NOT ME AND I HAV 22YRS CUSTOMER SERVICE,AND I DO NOT QUALIFY....REALLY?????????? I GIVE UP,NOT EVER CUST SERV JOB AT HEB,HERE IN TX,GROCERY,NOT EVEN CUST SVC IN BANKS,WHAT IS IT WE CANNOT GET A DECENT JOB? WORKED SEARS HERE IN TX,1YR,BUT 7.25HR. NICE PEOPLE,HAD FUN,BUT KILLER WORK IN WAREHOUSE,BUT WAS ALWAYS WELCOMED BACK,THE WOODLANDS,TX. GREAT BUNCH TO WORK FOR,BUT MONEY WAS BAD. SOLD CARS,STRAIGHT COMM,NOONE HAS CREDIT TO BUY,AND THEREFORE NO CHECK. FINALLY,HERE IN TX,GOT JOB AT SAMS CLUB,GOOD COMPANY,CAN GO ANYWHERE TO WORK WITH THEM,AND PAY IS PRETTY GOOD. IT WAS THE TOUGHEST 5MON OF MY LIFE. I LOST MY HOME TOO,HUD,AND CITI MORTGAGE TAKEN IT AWAY,WILL NOT WORK WITH YOU NOW,5MONTHS BEHIND. SAD,JUST SAD..A GRANDMA TOOK ME IN,DOES NOT KNOW ME,I JUST DONT HAVE PLACE TO GO,AND SHE IS TAKEN ME IN,SO FAR...ITS A RELIEF,A

  • tictock Dec 21, 5:55 p.m.

    No it's not bssutton1...I have lost my job before and I did what I needed to to make ends meet...there are jobs out there but everyone thinks they can do better in situations like this and because of that they become picky and feed off of unemployment for too long. Places like a deli always need help and they actually pay better than you think. Ya just have to think positive and that over comes any obstacle!

  • sammyg Dec 21, 4:54 p.m.

    ok, GOLO Police- how come my post from this morning got trashed but you allow one that says SUCKS in it? I swear you guys are out to get me!! Love ya, mean it!

  • bcsutton1 Dec 21, 4:50 p.m.

    @tictock Easier said than done.

  • bcox50 Dec 21, 4:01 p.m.

    After getting laid off, I worked 2 part-time jobs for a year..over 40 hours a week. Believe me at 60 I was absolutely exhausted! I can't imagine how hard it is for someone with children making minimun wage at a part time job! Bless you and I hope you get a job soon. To all the heartless JAs writing on here, I hope you never are in need and need a little compassion!

  • Brad Newman Dec 21, 2:14 p.m.

    yyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    nnnn

    hugs!

  • Mugu Dec 21, 2:03 p.m.

    Well, having those three fatherless children did not help... this shows society that men are actually needed instead of the popular belief that all they are good for is fertilizing eggs.

  • tictock Dec 21, 1:54 p.m.

    Stop being so picky and you wouldn't be umemployed for so long...it's not going to hurt you to flip a burger, work in a deli, or be a cashier until something better comes along. I would have a job tomorrow if I lost mine today so in the time it took to be writing Santa, you could have been out looking for a job. I do not feel sorry for you...the problem is you are full of pitty.

  • lisas Dec 21, 1:51 p.m.

    There, but for the grace of God, go ANY of us...

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