Goodfellows: Mom wants to see 5-year-old smile on Christmas

12/23/2013 12:00 AM

12/22/2013 5:35 PM

Like other 5-year-old boys, Jamareon has obsessions that include Caillou, toy trucks and trains.

But life isn’t always so normal for the Arlington kindergartner, who has some learning delays and asthma — the effects of a premature birth, says his mother, Jameyka.

Jamareon weighed just over 2 pounds when he was born, said Jameyka, a 25-year-old single mother.

Jameyka lost her job at Wal-Mart in August and also lost the place where she was living. She recently found new housing but is still out of a job, she said.

“It’s hard to come up with money for Christmas when you’re trying to pay the bills,” she said.

Jameyka said she applied to the Star-Telegram’s Goodfellow Fund because she wants Jamareon to have at least one or two gifts this Christmas. She said he needs winter clothes, new shoes and thick socks.

“He’s just outgrowing all his old clothes,” she said.

And that’s exactly why the Star-Telegram organized a “Good Fellows’ Club” in 1912. The newspaper’s readers have supported the program every year since. The first year, Star-Telegram readers donated $1,242.80, which provided 350 families with a turkey, bread, fruit and canned vegetables, a few toys, and a load of wood or coal. The program’s name changed slightly, but the idea of giving to those in need has stayed the same.

Last year, Goodfellows gave $50 J.C. Penney gift cards to 19,470 children, and the goal is the same this year.

Consider a gift to Goodfellows to make Santa real for children like Jamareon.

“My Christmas wish is just for my baby to have a wonderful day on Christmas — for him to wake up and just be excited and happy with what we do have,” Jameyka said.

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