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Helping Hands: Leeward family needs help after tragedy

The Adams The Adams
Ala Eli-Adams Ala Eli-Adams
Verna Henson-Eli Verna Henson-Eli
Three-bedroom apartment Three-bedroom apartment

By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

WAIANAE (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mother in Waianae ultimately wants to help kids in the community.  But in the meantime she needs help providing essentials for her own family.

Christmas is a rough time for the Adams Ohana.  Ala Eli-Adams' daughter was killed December 2003 by a drunk driver.  Things haven't gotten easier since.  She had stomach surgery this year and her husband has only been able to secure temporary work as a truck driver.

"From his check after he pays utilities, paying rent and paying for kid's bus passes and his bus pass, we're lucky if we can buy even one outfit for the kids," said Eli-Adams.

They live in a three bedroom apartment with three of her kids, a granddaughter and her elderly mother.  They feel fortunate they have a roof over their heads although they wish they had more.

"They need a whole lot of love," said Eli-Adams.

They were hit by a bad case of bed bugs and need new bedding and linens, curtains and towels. They'd also like some clothes.

"I need shoes, cars and a truck," said Verna Henson-Eli, 6 year old granddaughter.

"They feel deprived not having what they always ask for," said Eli-Adams.

She is going back to school at Leeward Community College hoping to help kids not to make the same mistakes she did, namely to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

"My heart is to give back to the kids in the Waianae community," said Eli-Adams.

But until then she fears there won't be anything under the tree unless they get help from the community.

"I would be so grateful because I'd see the glow on all my kids faces it would bring peace to my heart that someone loved them beside me," said Eli-Adams.

To adopt a family this holiday season or to make a monetary donation please call Helping Hands Hawaii at 808-440-3803.  You can also stop by any First Hawaiian Bank.

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