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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Monday, November 27, 2006

Baby's first Christmas, finding a home on her mind

Help our neighbors in need

By Mary Vorsino
Advertiser Staff Writer


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Send checks, payable to "The Advertiser Christmas Fund," to Helping Hands Hawai'i, P.O. Box 17780, Honolulu, HI 96817. Helping Hands will accept credit card donations by telephone at 440-3831.

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A 21-year-old mother wants to make her infant's first Christmas special, despite the threat of homelessness looming over their heads in the new year.

By April, the mother, who requested not to be identified in this story, and her 6-week-old baby must move out of the one bedroom they share with roommates in Wahiawa as their lease was not renewed. The woman spends $550 a month on rent and says she can't afford much more.

"I'm afraid of ending up living on the beach with my daughter," said the mother, who is a cashier at a Tesoro gas station and earns $7.75 an hour. "I'm looking for an affordable place."

Still, the woman says she's taking it "one day at a time."

Given her tight budget, the mother hasn't had enough money to buy toys for her infant or even new baby clothes and a crib. She's finding it hard enough to keep her little one in diapers and supplied with formula.

The woman said her co-workers gave her a baby shower and provided her with clothes for a baby boy. She was pleasantly surprised, however, when she had a baby girl.

Now, the woman added with a laugh, she would like to outfit her infant with just a few "pink, girlie" get-ups.

Reach Mary Vorsino at mvorsino@honoluluadvertiser.com.