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Though they all carried vastly different things to represent themselves in the picture, they were all there for one purpose: to show their hard-working mother how much they appreciate all that she has done for them. “That’s why we wanted to do the picture, to honor her selflessness,” Amber tells PEOPLE. “All the things she went without for her entire life—we still don’t understand how she did what she did back then.” As a single mother raising four children, McCaffrey says she worked multiple jobs to provide for her daughters. “We struggled. I worked three jobs to make ends meet, and I was a welfare mother for a long time, and then I got off of it because I decided it was not where I wanted to be. I wanted to make it and pay my bills on my own,” McCaffrey says. “But it did help us there because it was so hard to raise four girls.” When the daughters gathered on Christmas Day to surprise their mother with the gift, McCaffrey says she had no idea what to expect. At first, she thought, the girls were maybe giving her a picture of her grandbabies, but as McCaffrey opened her eyes while her family held the picture in front of her, she was overcome with emotion. Left: Kasey, Terri, Amber (bottom); right: Skylar (top), Nikki (bottom) “I was shocked! I was so pleased.
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