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      Peitas family tries to make ends meet this Christmas

      Struggling to make ends meet, a Peitas family fears that there will be no Christmas for their three young kids.

      Kathy Reyes is stressed, overwhelmed, but most of all sad.

      "(My daughter) was telling me that she didn't think Santa had time to come and give them presents this year," said Reyes.

      Reyes said she can't afford to give her three girls Christmas gifts.

      "When my daughter has to tell me that|that's what hurts," she said.

      Reyes said she and her family came to the Valley from Minnesota looking for a better opportunity, but instead, her husband lost his job and is struggling in his new job.

      "We try everything we can," said Reyes.

      She is even going to school on grants and student loans to eventually give her family a better future, but for now, she TMs trying to keep her family afloat.

      Reyes said she'll even pawn of her belongings.

      She said she just hopes that it's enough money to pay for her bills and also give her three girls the Christmas they deserve.

      Reyes said her daughters are good, smart girls.

      Her oldest daughter, Shayanna, has been offered an opportunity of a lifetime.

      She's one of 20 students selected from school to go to Washington D.C. to learn more about history, but she needs one thousand dollars for the trip.

      Something Reyes is struggling to come up with.

      "I told her mija, I TMm not sure if we can make this happen," said Reyes.

      But with fundraisers and pawning off more of her belongings, Reyes hopes she can make this dream come true.

      If you're interested in helping out the Reyes family contact Kathy Reyes at

      The school is also holding a fundraiser for the students chosen to go to Washington D.C.

      It's a Bingo event.

      It costs 10 dollars for 3 cards, and there is daycare available for kids 2 and up while parents play bingo.The cost is up to 3 kids for 5 dollars.

      The event is from 2-5 p.m. at Dr. Javier Saenz Middle School, 39200 Mile 7 Rd. in Peitas.