I am not a single mom to these girls, and nor am I their mother. I am simply their older sister. My three little sisters (aged 5, 7 and 12) will not be able to have a christmas this year. They haven’t gotten any gifts for Christmas or their birthdays for about two years now. My mother is a nurse for a psych ward and works graveyard shifts so she sleeps throughout the day and I watch my youngest sister after I pick her up from preschool. As much as my mother works, we never have any money. My mother’s boyfriend is a heroine addict and often refuses treatment. When he Does accept treatment, he goes to rehab and as soon as he get out he relapses. When he relapses he’s very mean to my sisters and has physically abused them. He leaves them with people so that he can go buy his drugs and never goes back to get them (If I had the choice, I wouldn’t have let my sisters go with him). He leaves them at the house by themselves or locks himself in his room and gets so high that he can’t even stay awake. We have had people try to break into the house while we were all sleeping and have had to call the police Several times. The boyfriend Is the father of my two youngest sisters. Any money that we have is spent on his treatment or he steals it to buy his drugs and disappears. On Easter of this year, I took my sisters to the park and we had an easter egg hunt. When we went home, my sisters asked their dad if they could go see their grandma. He said yes and that he would be right back to take them. They got ready and sat on the couch waiting for their dad to come back. He came back two weeks later while they were sleeping, packed his things and left. My 7 year old cried and screamed when she saw her dads things gone. All three of my sisters know what the term “dope” is because of my mother. Ive found burnt foil and broken pens and straws around the house (for those that don’t know, this is what he uses to smoke his crap from). I found a little baggie once and asked my mother what it was for , my 5 year old (she was 4 at the time) walked up and said “Let me see. Oh. its for dope.” as if it was nothing out of the ordinary. Any drugs that are found is “confiscated” by my mother but I’m pretty sure shes using too (she was an addict when she had me and lost a baby about 9 years ago due to her addiction). My sisters have been subjected to this their whole lives. We can’t afford a baby sitter, so I had to drop out of school in order to take care of them. I want my sisters to be able to have a normal childhood and be able to wake up to presents Christmas morning. I know that there are many families who have it way worse then we do but any help would be greatly appreciated.