Last week, Msnbc.com covered the struggle of Wayne Pittman, an unemployed carpenter whose unemployment benefits were on the verge of running out.
Like millions of other "99ers" across the country, Pittman was nearing the 99-week limit of unemployment benefits, with no job prospects.
According to MSNBC.com:
Christmas is out of the question for Wayne Pittman, 46, of Lawrenceville, Ga., and his wife and 9-year-old son. The carpenter was working up to 80 hours a week at the beginning of the decade, but saw that gradually drop to 15 hours before it dried up completely. His last $297 check will go to necessities, not presents.
Just six days later, things are looking up for Pittman's family -- and other unemployed Americans.
After reading Pittman's story, Florida lawyer Dan Dannheisser stepped up to make sure Pittman's son wouldn't go without Christmas presents. He's giving legos, "Star Wars" videos and sports memorabilia to the young boy.
According to a follow-up story on Msnbc.com, Dannheisser said:
"I can't fix the unemployment situation in this country and the unfortunate situation he and Jacqueline were in, but I thought I could certainly fix a 9-year-old boy having Christmas."
The politicians in Washington, DC may have also reached an agreement that will help the Pittman family and other Americans facing long-term joblessness.
HuffPost Politics reports a new deal reached between Republicans and Democrats will extend Bush-era tax cuts in exchange for a 13-month extension of unemployment benefits.