Helping Hands Hawaii: The Apilando Family

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In May 2015, Joanne Apilando was working two jobs and still struggling to make ends meet when she was laid off from her full-time position as a child care aide.

"Eventually my savings started to get depleted, trying to keep up with my monthly payments," said the 37-year-old Wahiawa mother.

WAHIAWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With bills piling up, the emergency money she had saved ran out at the end of last year. Then she faced another setback when her hours at a part-time retail job were cut to below 20 hours a week.

"It has been a struggle. I tried to manage as much as I can, but then again life is hard. People do face challenges and that's one of the challenges I'm trying to overcome with one income," she said.

Apilando says she relies on the love and support from her husband and three children to help her get through these tough times.

"We love to do a lot of family outings. We go fishing, we try to be family oriented as much as possible," she said.

She's seeking help from the Helping Hands Hawaii Adopt-a-Family program to get Christmas presents for her family.

Her wish list includes school supplies for her 18-year-old daughter, Jonell, clothes for her 17-year-old son, Elliot Jr., and dinosaur or train toys for her 6-year-old boy, Stanford. Apilando and her husband would appreciate cooking supplies such as pots and pans, and a holiday meal for the family.

"Being with my family throughout the holiday season is a joy to me and it would be a blessing to see my kids be blessed with a little bit of donations," she said.

To help, call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3800 or click here.

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