Children's Christmas

Hello! My name is Tiffany and I am a proud, blessed momma of 4 wonderful, amazing, beautiful children. My oldest is Madeline, 13, then I have 2 strapping young boys, Tyler, 11 & Mason, 9, and my baby girl, Melanie is now 5! Everyone has a story...and here's a short version of ours... 
Ours started out as an amazing family unit, their dad and I raised them well and happily... until about 4 years ago. Many of you may not be aware of this, and many of you know all too well, but Addiction took over my life for a few years... I knew I had to get better, so I left. Recovery was a long, painful, emotional, daunting road, but nothing was going to stop me from being there for my children again. I've been clean 2+ years now, and in that time, I got a job, worked my butt off, finally went back to church, reconnected with what family I have left, bought a cheap $500 car, and made my way from SC to MI to see my kids for the first time in years around 6 months ago! They were only supposed to come back to visit with me for 2 weeks, but they were so happy here they didn't want to leave...We have been together ever since and nothing will ever change that again. Their father had apparently started his own battle with addiction, yet I only first found out how bad it had become when I went to MI to see my kids about 6 months ago. I soon learned that they had been living with his family members for some time. 
They are beyond happy to be all together again as a family now (dad not included obviously due to his current addiction issues), in a stable home, with Mom and school and friends/family and all the normal routines and happiness of childhood. I must admit though, I wouldn't be where I am today with my kids without my brother & his wife, who have generously let us take over their home until I can find us a house. ❤️
This is a major comeback story for my little tribe, as I call them lol, and I am much stronger and can face anything the world throws at me now, as long as I have my babies smiling back up at me. So with that being said, it has been a struggle financially, as when they came here from MI, they had barely any of their clothes or toys or belongings...not to mention bills and groceries and everyday expenses...Being a single parent is hard, but definitely harder when your starting from scratch at 35 with 4 children. This is my 1st Christmas with my children in years, and I want it to be so special for them, but I have had no money able to save up for gifts right now. I don't want them to wake up that morning and feel anything but joy and happiness...but it's getting so close to Christmas and I don't know how I'm going to make this possible, I can barely make ends meet right now...This is my sole reason for doing this. Kind of a last option. I'm desperate. Laying all my cards on the table and asking for help is far from easy for me, but I have faith I'm doing the right thing here.
Their happiness is what keeps me going! I want this Christmas, our 1st Christmas, of many, back together, to be utterly unforgettable!!! If your a parent or grandparent reading this, I hope you don't judge me, but instead find it in your heart to help me put presents and smiles under our tree this year :) My children might just be the most resilient kids I have ever met, but Christmas is still Christmas you know. They have been thru so much. I just don't want to let them down. So I will end this, thanking you in advance if you can find it in your heart to help our Christmas be merry and bright❤️ 
Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
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