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Topeka, KS (WIBW) — The Booth family’s spirits may by high, but the past 4 months have been a struggle since Mike Booth got laid off from his job.

“We are falling short on paying for gas and food and you know activities, it limits everything you do,” says Mike.

“We’re all in school right now, so we have to have gas money and it’s just frustrating knowing we might not be able to pay our bills for a month or two,”says their daughter, Brittany Nemecheck.

Which makes Christmas time even tougher…

“We got the little Wal-Mart catalogs and had the kids circle what they wanted,” says the mother, Carie Booth.

Now their own “Mrs.Claus” wants to make their holiday a little brighter.

“I definitely have a place in my heart that wants to help people,” says Sara Wilhelm.

For the last 6 years, Sara Wilhelm finds families, like the Booth’s, who are not on the Christmas Bureau’s list. Then, in a little over a week, she and 90 volunteers plan to pool their money and they’ll be dashing through a North Topeka Wal-Mart to buy Christmas gifts.She says it started as something small and continues to grow.

“This year the party has grown so much!” Sara says.

This will be the Booth’s family’s 4th year on the list and they can’t wait.

“It makes me thankful that there are people willing to help out other people,” says Carie.

“The children are going to have a Christmas. Its a true blessing,” says Mike.

The “Party with a Purpose” as Sara calls it will take place Saturday December 13th at 6:30 pm. at North Topeka Golf Center. Anyone is invited to attend. Sara expects to help at least 25 families but you can help even more families if you donate or help out.

By Ariana Cohen