All a single mother of three girls wanted for the holidays was to give her daughters clothes.
"They just stretch so fast and all of their clothes, they outgrow them so quickly," said the mother, who has a 7-year-old and 11-year-old twins.
This year, they lost their Arlington apartment after she was laid off and moved back in with her parents. Now, seven people are living in a two-bedroom house in Fort Worth. Since her father also lost his job this year, money has been tight.
With J.C. Penney gift cards from the Goodfellow Fund, the mother bought pants that her girls need for school, a pair of shoes and other items such as socks.
"I'm just trying to make sure my kids receive something for Christmas," she said. "It's hard when you're not getting stable child support payments and having a hard time keeping a stable job. Bills pile up and you rearrange your priorities, but you also want to do what you can for your kids."
Since she wrote to Goodfellows for assistance in September, a temporary position she had turned into a full-time job.
"Things are finally looking up," she said. "But we're taking it one day at a time."
The Goodfellow Fund was started in 1912 by Star-Telegram employees and provides something for children in need every year during the holidays. The fund gives out $50 gift cards to J.C. Penney that can be used for clothing or shoes.
This year's goal is to raise $1 million to help 20,000 North Texas schoolchildren.