Laulima: Family of former drug addict recovers from hardship

Today’s Laulima family has gone through dark days, but they’re pulling themselves up.

This family was like any other family, Mom says, until Dad started using drugs and it snowballed. He lost his job and ended up in prison.

Without his income, Mom and their three children, ages three to 10, lost their home and lived on the beach.

After Dad’s release, the family started going to church. He got a full-time job and the family entered a transitional shelter.

Mom says she is so proud of the children and appreciates how they stayed so positive through the rough times.

She says their 10-year-old son loves anything with wheels, so he’d appreciate a skateboard for the holidays.

She says their 8-year-old son is back to doing well at school and loves to build things, so he would be thrilled to get a Lego Chima Temple or a skateboard.

She says their 3-year-old daughter would love a scooter or bicycle to keep up with her brothers.

Mom could use kitchenware like plates, bowls, utensils, baking pans and knives or DVDs so the family can have movie night, and Dad likes board games.

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, call Keiki O Ka Aina at (808) 843-2502 or click here and use the ohana code: LS-003.

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