Young Mother Grateful For Help With Christmas Celebration


UPDATED: Wednesday December 11, 2013 5:41 PM

Most of us are shopping for gifts to give to our loved ones.  

But for thousands of Central Ohioans, that's not possible because they can't afford to.  So for the third year in a row, 10TV News is teaming with Walmart and the Salvation Army to provide A Helping Hand for the Holidays.

Yasmin is not yet two years old, and she's still learning to talk. She laughs a lot.

Her mother, Jamila Douglas, knows Yasmin will have more to laugh about on Christmas Day, thanks to A Helping Hand for the Holidays.  The Christmas cheer program insures that families like this one have a festive holiday.  

People who have signed up can choose one gift for each child, and they will get a big bag of food so they can prepare Christmas dinner.

"I know she'll have at least one toy under the tree and a meal to eat," said her mother, Jamila Douglas.

Later this month, Jamila will join other parents at the state fairgrounds, as she chooses a gift for Yasmin, then picks up food for Christmas dinner.

She works as an outreach counselor for a pregnancy support program, but the money doesn't stretch to presents and a holiday meal.

"I only work part time, so I'm just barely making it, you know, paying rent and things, getting food and diapers for her. So it's like extremely helpful for me," she said.

On Christmas, she'll be excited to watch Yasmin open a gift, and says she feels a weight of responsibility for the daughter she loves.

"But it's a good thing. It's a blessing."

This year's goal for A Helping Hand for the Holidays, is to take care of around 8,000 area families.

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