CHICAGO (CBS) — A south side funeral home and a church are helping to make Christmas a little brighter for the family of a security guard murdered last month.

Gwin Hardin wiped away tears as she expressed gratitude for the gifts for three of her children, 5-year-old Tyrone Jr, 9-year-old Samuel and 12-year-old Chyann. WBBM’s Nancy Harty reports.

The widow said she is struggling every day with the loss of her husband, Tyrone Sr, who was murdered while working security for Canadian National Railway.

June Williams said she and another employee of Golden Gate Funeral home picked out the gifts for the children.

While Tyrone Jr had been crying minutes before, he joined his brother in wearing giant smiles when they opened Christmas cards with money in them at Sweet Holy Spirit Church.

Pastor Tavis Grant said church members want to help Harden deal with the pain of her loss.

A judge denied bond for 24-year-old Rashad Williams, who has been charged with Hardin’s murder.