All this week, we're looking at how money raised by the ITV Christmas appeal will benefit people in the North East.
All the money donated to Text Santa is split equally between six different charities.
In the second of our reports, Katie Oakes has been to meet a young couple from Newcastle whose Christmas would be very different without the children's charity Barnado's.
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