Children thankful for Goodfellows help: ‘These are good people’

Yuridia is honest and upfront with her kids, well, with three of them, anyway.

“I told my older children about Goodfellows helping people with low incomes or no incomes,” the Fort Worth single mother of four said.

Yuridia’s kids are mature for their ages. Witnessing domestic violence will do that. That part of their lives is behind them, and their mom is optimistic about the future.

“I called the police and made a report,” Yuridia said. “We’re no longer being threatened.”

Now, she’s looking for a job to replace the one she lost when she wasn’t able to work. And the children understand the financial situation.

“They never asked me for toys, because they understand that there’s not enough money,” Yuridia said.

But the kids — Ronaldo, 11, who likes science, math and robotics; Daniela, 8, who loves fashion and dancing; Valentina, 6, who wants to be a model; and Celeste, 4, who loves horses — were delighted when Mom told them that the Goodfellow Fund had given her $50 gift cards for clothes and shoes at J.C. Penney.

They all got new boots. Yuridia also was able to buy a couple of sweaters, some pants and a few shirts.

“They were happy with their boots,” Yuridia said. “They know they came from the Goodfellows. They all said, ‘These are good people.’ 

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 and make a secure credit card donation.