Goodfellow Fund helps victims of domestic violence have normal Christmas

Domestic violence isn’t just something in the newspaper headlines to Kelly, a single mother of twins.

She was living in California when her then-husband attacked her three times in front of her 7-year-old twins.

While she was in the hospital, he took the children and moved to Texas. As soon as she was able, she followed him here and reclaimed her children. He is awaiting prosecution in Fort Worth.

She has received two emergency protective orders and is waiting for a two-year protective order to be put in place within the next few weeks.

She works, but after bills, rent and insurance, there isn’t much left for holiday spending. And because her family and friends all live in California, she feels alone.

“My babies have been through so much unnecessary drama and witnessed violence, I want them to have a traditional Christmas,” she said.

She applied to the Star-Telegram’s Goodfellow Fund. After a short interview with the volunteers, she received a $50 J.C. Penney gift card for each child that can be redeemed for clothes and shoes.

“They need shoes so badly and warm coats,” Kelly said. “I’m trying so hard, and they’ve already been through so much emotionally.”

The interview process is almost over, and thousands of gift cards have been distributed. But the fund still needs donations. If you know that Santa will visit the children in your life, please consider helping him find his way to children like Kelly’s.

Put Goodfellows on your list

Since 1912, the Star-Telegram’s Goodfellow Fund has provided practical gifts for schoolchildren. You may 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. We’ll acknowledge your gift in the newspaper unless anonymity is requested.