MAILI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Theresa Ani's son, Tyzen, is a bundle of energy - full of questions and answers.
"He loves to read. He loves to count and identify shapes. And he's only two," Ani said.
Tyzen's the big brother to five-month-old Teirzhe. Theresa's a single mom, working to make their lives better.
"I would do anything for them," she said. "I would conquer any fear I have to make sure that they're okay."
Theresa came through a hard upbringing. There was foster care and homelessness. She had Tyzen when she was a senior in high school. Her daughter was born in July.
They live in a temporary home at the Maili Land transitional shelter.
Money is very, very tight.
"It's my kids first real Christmas and I want them to have more than one gift to open," Ani said.
Tyzen loves trucks but he's really into dinosaurs. Teirzhe needs a baby walker. They could both use clothes and age-appropriate educational toys.
Theresa bought a Christmas tree to teach them a lesson.
"They might be too young to know what Christmas is. But then that's what my job is to instill that foundation in their minds that Christmas is a time of giving and family time and a time of love. I don't care how young they are, I want them to know that," she said.
While Theresa works at her job her family helps her with babysitting.
The only state assistance she receives helps buy food.
She wants to go to school to be a pharmacist.
She wants to stand on her own.
"My goal is to get an income that'll work for me and my kids, that'll get us a better place to live," she said.
Theresa is only twenty-years old and carrying a lot of responsibility.
Christmas could be the day that shows this family kindness can be wrapped in ribbons and bows.
To "Adopt" a family this holiday season or to make a monetary donation, please call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3803. You can also stop by any First Hawaiian Bank.