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Salvation Army Reaches Out To Those In Need

Helen Williams Helen Williams
Fred Mateo Fred Mateo
"9074" means a Merry Christmas for one family "9074" means a Merry Christmas for one family
Williams receives a bag full of presents for her children Williams receives a bag full of presents for her children

by: Mary Simms

KHNL) - Christmas is a time when we give gifts to the ones we love. It's also a time when many people reach out to those they don't know with gifts and kindness. A group of Salvation Army volunteers is helping generous donations from individuals and businesses find their way to the children who need them most.

9074 doesn't mean anything to you, but it means a Merry Christmas for the Williams family.

"It's an awesome feeling to just be a part of, to just be a small part of their Christmas," said Fred Mateo, Salvation Army.

Giving makes these volunteers feel good, and they're making a difference in ways they may never know.

"I just want to give for my kids, because I cannot get what they want," said Helen Williams as she wiped tears from her eyes. "It's hard to be a single parent."

Helen and her 1, 2, and 3 year old lost their dad in a shooting at the Pali golf course in 2004.

When Helen lost her husband, she lost everything else. Literally. She and her three young children had no where else to go so they went to the beach. she lived there for an entire month. this will be the first Christmas they spend home since his murder.

"I can cook whatever I want now," said Helen. "I can play with my kids and I can have my kids run around without somebody saying, 'you're making too much noise.'"

She's come a long way, and she plans to keep going.

"My kids. They give me the strength to move on."

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