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Single mom caring for premature baby turns to Goodfellow Fund for help

Amber can’t stop feeling that she’s a failure as a mom.

With “two amazing little girls” she’s had a five-year run of rotten luck that started when her youngest spent months in neonatal intensive care after a premature birth. Taking care of her baby when she finally was sent home with oxygen tanks made working a regular job virtually impossible. Her own health issues further limited Amber’s ability to support her kids as a single mother.

And even when she found a job that she could do from home, equipment breakdowns messed up that revenue source.

“Now it’s Christmas time, and the only things I think I’ll be able to provide for my babies are either homemade or from the dollar store,” she said. “This is the first time I’ve asked for help from the Goodfellows.”

A couple of $50 JC Penney gift cards will help Amber put clothes on her kids, at least. She keeps hoping that circumstances will improve over the next 12 months, but she’s very grateful that generous people support the Star-Telegram’s 100-year-old Christmas charity.

“It’s wonderful that they’re willing to help other people and bring smiles to kids’ faces,” Amber said.

When you’re near the bottom, just about every direction starts to look like up. So Amber still hopes to make life better for her girls.

“I just want them to have everything they could ever need,” she said. “I’m trying to figure out how to get out of this. There’s not much I won’t do for my kids.”

Be a jolly Goodfellow

Since 1912, the Star-Telegram’s Goodfellow Fund has provided practical gifts for schoolchildren. Join this tradition by sending a contribution to Goodfellows, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Or go online to goodfellowfund.org and make a secure credit card donation.

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