WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A series of bad days left Jade Ke-Fernandez and her 2-year-old young daughter homeless.
Her boyfriend left them, walking out with his much-needed income. Fernandez lost her job. And with no income and no one to turn to, it wasn't long until Ke-Fernandez fell behind in her rent.
The little family moved into their car and lived in it for months, at first relying on family and friends for meals, showers and a little respite.
But after a while, Ke-Fernandez said, "you get to be a burden on people so you don't want to ask."
In July, Ke-Fernandez was able to get them into a transitional homeless shelter, and the roof over their heads has given them a chance to re-group.
She said little Riyanna, now 3, is doing well.
And Ke-Fernandez, 25, is looking for steady employment, after securing a few temporary positions. She's even been able to line up child care for her daughter.
As part of Helping Hands Hawaii's Adopt a Family program, Ke-Fernandez said she doesn't want much for Christmas; she's happy enough to be off the streets. But she said she could use a gift card to Walmart or for gas. And she'd love to be able to put something under the tree for Riyanna. She asked for reading and coloring books, and clothes (size 5T) and shoes (8-10 toddler).
To help, call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3800 or click here.