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Kaneohe couple hopes for Christmas help

Antionette Fernandez Antionette Fernandez

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) -- To say Antionette Fernandez has her hands full is an understatement.

"I don't get a lot of sleep," she said.

Friends said she was crazy to take in Takoda, and Cheveyo, and Takoda's little brother, Joey.

"I wanted to bring them here to have a chance to have a good life," she said.

The boys were born on an Indian reservation in Arizona.

Takoda and Joey are brothers. Their mother was a drug addict. At birth they went through withdrawals.

"She was on meth and living on the streets. She had no prenatal care whatsoever," Fernandez said.

Cheveyo was a drug baby, too. The children are related to her husband, Richard. The couple didn't want the boys to go into foster care so they became caregivers.

It's hard since Richard suffers from a liver disease. Antionette cares for him and the kids.

"I love these kids to pieces. They're my life," she said.

Money is tight and the holidays look bleak.

Helping Hands Hawaii hopes someone will adopt the Fernandez family for Christmas.

They need a stroller, children's clothes, and a sign language program for Takoda who's developmentally delayed.

"I want them to know that they're loved and they'll just have good things to remember," she said.

The couple plans to raise the boys as their own.

"It's beautiful here," she said. "It's a really wholesome good place to raise children."

The boys had a rough beginning. You can help make this chapter of their lives a lot brighter.

Copyright 2009 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

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