Homemade crafty Christmas creations may be ugly but provide something beautiful for those in need

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Dress up for a good cause this Christmas by purchasing a tacky sweater to help 14 boys in the care of the state. (KTRK)

Up in Spring, it's a Santa's workshop of a different kind. While there's plenty of tinsel and holiday cheer, this Santa's helper is equipped with a hot glue gun to create the Christmas fun.

"The tackier the better," said Jamie Salazar as she glued a tiny foil wrapped present to a green sweater.

Though Salazar has a degree in fashion, she admits the sweaters she creates for her JK Tacky Christmas Sweaters Facebook page aren't necessarily fashionable.

"It's so cute," she says as she stand back to admire one of the sweaters. "It's beautiful-ugly because it has tinsel on it," Salazar said as she laughed.

The story of her tacky textiles all began three years ago with the hope to warm hearts during the holidays.

"A friend and I were talking about Christmases and how they weren't that great for us, so we decided that we would come up with tacky sweaters for the holidays," said Salazar.

Sold on Facebook, each sweater costs $40 with two-day shipping available.

This Christmas, Salazar hopes to make $2,000 in sales of her handmade creations to help 14 boys in the care of the state.

"I already feel like they've been dealt a pretty bad hand in life, not being with their family at this point," she said of the boys. "We are hoping to get them everything that they want," Salazar said of their wish list.

As for JK Tacky Christmas Sweaters best sellers, there is the Abominable Snowman complete with blinking snowflakes, Rudolph the Reindeer tossing up his cookies, and the Christmas stocking with room to stash a bottle of wine and other treats on the front of the sweater.

Salazar admits the sweaters are a little sassy and might even land you on a spot on Santa's naughty list, if not for the good cheer the sweaters help to spread.

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