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Seeking Donations For Goodyear Workers' Kids

Christmas is just 20 days away and for Goodyear workers who are on strike it's a difficult time. The Goodyear employees combined have more than 600 children.  One Goodyear couple is trying to make sure all of the children have at least one present to unwrap Christmas morning.   Goodyear employees are on day 62 of the strike, that's 62 days without a paycheck.  As the holiday nears, they know it's going to be a tough Christmas. 

57 year old Freddie Freeman has worked at Goodyear for 35 years. He's been explaining to his 9 year old son Cartrell times are tough.  

"We will still have gifts but it's won't be everything he wants. It will be mostly the things that he needs," says Freddie Freeman, Goodyear employee.

48 year old Ronnie Dickson has worked for Goodyear for 22 years. He and his wife have a mission to get monetary donations to ensure the employees' children will have a Christmas.

"The Lord blessed me 22 years ago with this job and I'm proud of the people I work with.  I'm proud the people that are still out and it's not our kids fault.  It's something we believe in and we are fighting for so why punish our children over it," says Ronnie Dickson, Organizer of 'Kelly Kids."

"We live in a very caring community so we know that when the need is put out there people set up and no one wants to see a child go without a Christmas gift at Christmas time," says Kim Dickson, Organizer of 'Kelly Kids'.

Ronnie and Kim are hoping from community donations, to purchase a $50 gift card to Toys-R-Us for all 655 children.

If you would like to help the Goodyear workers' kids, you can donate money to "Kelly Kids". Donations are being accepted at Kelly Community Federal Credit Union's in Tyler. Donations need to be given by December 14th so the gift cards can be purchased and given to the families.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.


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