Laulima: Single mother cares for son with cerebral palsy

If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back this holiday season, consider donating to KHON2’s Laulima program to help Hawaii families in need.

Teresa is a single mother trying to better herself so she can provide a better life for her four-year-old son.

He suffers from a severe case of cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus, a swelling of the brain. He cannot walk or stand on his own and uses a walker.

Mom and son haven’t heard from his father in more than two years.

Mom works and the only assistance she has are food stamps. Her son goes to school and so does she, so she can eventually find a better job or career.

She recently had to quit her second job to relieve the tension and burden on her family who helped to take care of her son.

Teresa says this holiday season, new socks for her son would be a huge help.

Also on the list, Hawaiian language books so she can read to him as he goes to an immersion school, puzzles, a blanket and pillow for school nap time and, if possible, a tricycle so he can exercise his legs in a different way that could help him learn to walk.

For herself, Mom would love notebooks that she could write in for school and she asks for bath towels, detergent and toilet paper.

In the spirit of laulima, or working together, you can make a difference for this family by providing a hand up, not a handout.

If you’d like to help this family, you can e-mail laulima@koka.org, call Keiki O Ka Aina at (808) 843-2502 or click here and use the ohana code: LS-008.

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