Lydia, 69, had raised her children, worked hard and embarked on a life of retirement - that is, until she found herself taking care of her eight grandchildren.
Although Lydia lived on a fixed income, she didn't hesitate to take in her grandchildren to do the best she could for them.
Unfortunately, economic hardships have not allowed Lydia to provide the Christmas she feels the children deserve, she said.
Her family, however, was chosen by the Salvation Army as recipients of this year's Holiday Dreams campaign.
"This is a blessing," Lydia said. "To see the kids happy and overjoyed with being able to have a Christmas."
Knowing the generosity of others has made their Christmas possible is heartwarming, Lydia said.
"It's important for organizations like the Salvation Army to do this because it's a Christian organization that does so much for the community," she said.
"I have lots of respect for everything they do. People should support them because they do so much for a lot of people and bring joy to all those they help."
To donate money: checks or money orders made out to the Salvation Army can be sent to Holiday Dreams, c/o Pamela Hale-Burns, Press-Telegram, 300 Oceangate, Suite 110, Long Beach, CA 90844.
To donate goods, visit the Salvation Army, 455 E. Spring St., or call 562-426-7637.