Goodfellows

Dad with health issues turns to Goodfellows so Christmas won’t be ‘just another day’

The Goodfellows Fundraising Luncheon

Community leaders gather at the Fort Worth Club to donate financially to the Goodfellows Fund, a Star-Telegram Charity serving underprivileged children since 1912.
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Community leaders gather at the Fort Worth Club to donate financially to the Goodfellows Fund, a Star-Telegram Charity serving underprivileged children since 1912.

Chan appreciates the help he gets from organizations devoted to parents in circumstances like his. The divorced dad is 66 and collects Social Security. Health issues prevent him from working, so he and his two sons survive on what Chan refers to as “retirement income.”

If it wasn’t for programs like the Goodfellow Fund, “I would not be able to afford to have a Christmas,” he said. “It would be just another day in the life we live.”

But with a pair of $50 JC Penney gift cards, Chan can make sure there’s something (albeit clothes or shoes, not toys) that both boys can unwrap on Christmas morning. This year’s $750,000 Goodfellow Fund goal is intended to serve 12,000 of Tarrant County’s school-age chidlren.

Watching his boys mature as the three of them deal with life’s challenges, Chan wonders how some men can turn away from their kids and not try to take care of them.

“I do,” he said. “And it is a struggle for real. But I would not change a thing. Well, maybe just the strength and health to work like a young man again.”

With renewed health and strength absent among options, Chan has learned where help can be found, and found that the people at the Goodfellow Fund are eager to lend a hand.

“I thank God for people who help people that have little like I do,” he said.

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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