A mom juggling school, work and raising kids is hoping for help from Christmas elves

A mom juggling school, work and raising kids is hoping for help from Christmas elves
Kehau Engle with her son, Caleb. (Source: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - A mom who’s balancing a lot is asking for a little help to make sure her kids can enjoy Christmas.

Meet HNN’s latest profile in the annual Adopt-a-Family series.

Kehau Engle just started a two-year graduate program in social work at the University of Hawaii.

Balancing school, two jobs and four children is a challenge.

“It’s really busy. I work during the day and I go to school at night so I don’t get to see my kids as much now,” she said.

And that’s particularly hard because her oldest, 16-year-old Caleb, needs lots of support.

He nearly drowned in a pool when he was 3, and needs constant care. He’s also scheduled for back surgery next year.

Engle says he needs a collapsible wheelchair because it's difficult to get around in his stroller.

“In this it’s really hard. I had a regular wheelchair, but because his scoliosis got really bad, it’s hard to even put him in there now," she said.

Engle worries about getting gifts for her family because the bills have been high. Her van has a ramp for Caleb, but the car is so old and rundown she keeps spending money to fix it.

"The one thing I need to do is get a new car. I have a ramp van right now, but I've been putting a lot of money into fixing it. I'd like to trade it in for another car because I need it for him," said Engle.

Machaiah, 13, is hoping for weights so he can work out while 6-year-old Jonah and 8-year-old Sirai are wishing for tablets.

For herself, Engle wants just wants something priceless: More precious time with her family.

“On weekends, I try to use the time to really focus on my kids. No school work, no homework, just focusing on them,” she said.

To adopt the Engle ohana (case number SPAM-5), or any of the families featured this Christmas season, call Helping Hands Hawaii at 440-3800.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Family program, click here.

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