Being a single parent, homeless, with three children is no way to spend any time, much less the holidays. But that was Vanessa’s plight for a long time.
Vanessa spent over a year living from one motel room to another with her three children, some nights sleeping in their car.
Now, the dream of having their own place has finally come true. But it’s still scary as she lives from paycheck to paycheck.
“I’m really trying to get above water, but I feel like I’m drowning in debt just trying to pay rent each month,” she said.
Now, her car has broken down. She still gets to work, but often it’s by walking.
And then there’s Christmas. Every parent wants their child to experience happiness at this time of the year, and for folks like Vanessa that can be a heavy burden.
“My kids have outgrown the majority of the clothes and shoes I had for them,” Vanessa said. “I would love to still believe there are kindhearted non-judgmental people in this world who don’t see me as an unstable mom, just a mom who is trying her hardest without giving up.”
There are indeed such people, the folks at The Goodfellow Fund. They’ve been helping children from families in need have a joyful Christmas holiday for over a century.
Once again, the Star-Telegram charity has a goal of helping 13,000 children in Tarrant County have a nice Christmas by providing a $50 tax-free gift certificate for each child for new clothing from Old Navy.
About the Goodfellow Fund
The story on the Goodfellow website describes its beginning as an offshoot of the first newspaper charity drive in the United States, started by the Chicago Tribune on Dec. 10, 1909. A Chicago city attorney wrote a letter challenging his friends to donate the money they would have spent on holiday partying to charity.
A couple years later, the Advertising Club of Fort Worth staged the first local Goodfellow campaign. On the day after Thanksgiving in 1912, Publisher Amon G. Carter brought the tradition to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
To find out more, or to learn more about helping, visit goodfellowfundfw.com. The post office box for donations and correspondence is P.O. Box 149, Fort Worth, TX. 76101.