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Basketball team helps family celebrate Christmas

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The girls' basketball team at Covenant Christian Academy in Colleyville had a Christmas wish to give to a family in need. And this year they were able to help a single mother who just lost her job.

From bikes to blankets and even a Christmas tree, the seventh and eighth grader players purchased gifts for Amanda Kelly and her Fort Worth family.

Kelly, whose 10 children range in age from 2 to 11 years old, lost her job earlier this week. She's also had a difficult year trying to raise the children alone while going through a divorce.

The team members, their parents, the staff at KLTY Radio and Sleep Experts pitched in to fill the Kelly's home while they were away. They patched the window, put up a tree and decorated it.

"It feels really fulfilling that we get to bless someone, and use what God's given us to give back to people," said Whitney Lewis.

"You get to see their reactions and your blessing them and I think it's a lot more satisfying than you receiving gifts," added Morgan Alexander.

The new beds from Sleep Experts will replace an old king-sized bed that six of the children were sharing.

"Today our employees came together and collected $3,000 to give to you," said Christine Cook from Sleep Experts.

"Plus they've stocked your kitchen with all of your needs -- your pots, your pans, your dishes. There's a brand new microwave in there," added Frank Reed from KLTY.

Kelly couldn't thank them enough.

"I don't even know what to say. I could say thank you a hundred times and it still won't add up to how blessed we are tonight," she said. "I'm truly blessed. The kids are blessed to get such nice things. They deserve it."

She said she never would have been able to afford such a Christmas alone.

"You don't think people care and then you never expect this much really," she said.

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