A few years ago, Rooney and Melissa Racoma had high hopes for their family. Rooney was a construction worker who was building their future.
"I am the one to support my family from good or bad," he said.
The bad has been abundant. A head injury left him blind in his right eye. The disability cost him his job and their main source of income.
"That is really tough. It's been like that for maybe about two to three years already," he said. "We've been in and out of shelters."
Melissa has had her share of health challenges. She's diabetic.
"We're trying our best. We're trying to get finances. But it's like doors just shutting on us," she said.
Homeless outreach organization Hope Inc. has been working with the Racomas.
"They are trying to get ahead and are finding obstacles along the way with their medical conditions. It's hard to provide for children," outreach specialist Elena Pauole-Via said.
The Racomas need help this holiday season. Their son, Ezekiel, and daughter, Serenity, are active kids. The children need shoes. Educational toys would be nice. And something for mom and dad.
"It's something that we need. So it's good to be straightforward and honest," Rooney said.
The Racomas envision a brighter tomorrow.
"I know that there is hope," Melissa said. "I know that God will provide."
In their situation, that's what they hope for every day, not just on Christmas Day.
To adopt the Racoma family or make a donation this holiday season, call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3812.
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