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Over the course of two years, Melva Williams' family has more than tripled.
When her sister lost custody of her three children due to neglect, Williams took them in.
Then, in January of this year, a gun incident led to her taking custody of four grandchildren.
Williams' southwest Houston home now has nine children, ages 1 to 18. Money to pay for everything doesn't come easy.
She works for Metro, driving buses for the disabled. Her eldest niece, Ganeae Dirden, 18, and 16-year-old daughter, Alexis Oneyka, both work part-time while attending high school. Williams is still struggling, especially with the holidays coming up.
This Christmas, Williams' younger children received gifts through Goodfellows, a Houston Chronicle program that provides toys for needy children 2 to 10.