The past year has brought a series of financial challenges for Shauntell. She moved to Rock Hill from Charlotte several months ago to live with family, but the money still has been hard to come by.
"I'm in a tight living situation, so this year wasn't as pleasant as others for me," said the single mother of two boys, ages 1 and 3.
Despite working full time, Shauntell was not going to be able to fulfill her sons' Christmas wishes this year, so she applied for help through the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program.
"Christmas is a big thing for children," she said. "I remember when I was young, I waited just for Christmas to get something new. It would be very depressing to see my child not have something on Christmas Day."
Though the baby doesn't understand the holiday yet, Shauntell said her older son is brimming with excitement for the first time. He's hoping Santa will bring him Spider-Man and Batman toys.
"Every day, something about Spider-Man. Every day, 'Jingle Bells', 'Rudolph' songs," she said. "It's kind of hard to tell your child there won't be any Christmas the first year he really realizes about it."
Shauntell is hopeful that her move will turn things around financially and that soon, she will be in a position to give back some of the help she's received.
"Within the next year, if it changes, I'm hoping to do the Angel Tree," she said. "It's a great thing for families."