Isaac wrote a letter to Santa in October, because his mom, Alicia, told him that “Santa might have a hard time finding us this year.”
Alicia’s family, which lives in Fort Worth, fell into circumstances that are all too common in an economy where financial hardship is one emergency away. Her hardworking husband worked a little too hard last summer and almost lost his life to heatstroke. His partial recovery gave him back to his wife, his 7-year-old son and his two daughters, ages 5 and 4, but left him unable to provide more than about $200 a week in income.
“If he works more than a few hours at a time in the sun, he gets dizzy, his hands shake,” said Alicia, whose savings are exhausted. Her night job brings in $400 in a good month. She’s keeping up with $500 monthly rent, but she’s two months behind on bills.
She was delighted to find out about the Goodfellow Fund. The Star-Telegram’s annual Christmas charity gave Alicia $50 J.C. Penney gift cards with which she will buy clothes and shoes for her kids. Goodfellows hopes to help 17,000 children like Alicia’s kids this holiday season.
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“I’m gonna wrap [the clothes and shoes] and put them under the tree, so they can have something from us to open on Christmas,” she said. “I’m trying to get them on an Angel tree so they will have some toys from Santa, too.”
Be a jolly Goodfellow
Since 1912, the Star-Telegram has asked readers to donate to the Goodfellow Fund. They have always responded generously. You can be a part of the tradition by sending a donation to Goodfellows, Box 1870, Fort Worth, TX 76101. Or go online to our secure website, goodfellowfund.org, and make a credit card donation. More information about the fund is also available there.