Valencia Martin lives in Loveland, Colorado with her three kids. She works full-time at Wal-Mart, but her two paychecks a month go almost entirely toward rent and utilities. After that, there’s hardly anything left for her kids. Now, she doesn’t have to choose between filling up her car to get to work or keeping the lights on at home.

She said the $800 a month from the Child Tax Credit helped her “make Christmas happen this year” for her family.

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