Homeless Family Has a Very Merry Christmas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/25/08

Homeless Family Has a Very Merry Christmas

The necessities of life are not the normal items that appear on people's Christmas lists.   But for some Lubbock homeless families the simple things we take for granted, like a place to sleep and food to eat, are what is important this Christmas.

A brand new bike and a bright new hula hoop are just a few presents these children can't stop playing with this Christmas.

"Without all this they wouldn't have had Christmas, I didn't have the money to provide Christmas this year," said Brenda Everetts who is living in the shelter this Christmas. 

Brenda Evertts and her two kids Kassy and Chaze found themselves homeless two weeks ago.

Evertts says because of a disability she can not work right now and has been living off of state paid child support and food stamps.   When it seemed like she had nowhere to turn, that's when Lubbock Family Promise stepped in just in time for the holidays.

"Without Raintree and without Family Promise we wouldn't have had anything for Christmas we wouldn't even have a place to stay," said Everetts.   

And her kids couldn't be happier with their temporary home.

"They provide food for us and we have a big gym that we can play in and we also have our very own rooms," said Kassy Everetts. 

"It's like whenever I stay here, its fun to stay here, I always like to stay here because its fun," said Chaze Everetts.  

While shelter may be the best gift for this family, the presents that are usually under the tree haven't been left out.

"It's been wonderful I mean the kids have just had an awesome Christmas. They got a lot of things and I think they leaned the true meaning of Christmas better here than what they had in the past," said Everetts.   

"My favorite part is getting presents. I got that present for me, I wrote it down on my list," said Chaze. 

"Seeing my mom and my brother open presents is my favorite part about Christmas," said Kassy. 

With the homeless population in Lubbock growing, Family Promise wants to make sure the Everetts family doesn't become just another number. The organization works with the family by providing day care, help with finding a job, and enough to get them back on their feet.

"Well I try not to look at the bumps, I try to look at the fact that I got two beautiful children, I've got an organization that stands behind me and I mean am just truly am blessed," said Everetts.

"Whenever I get my own room, I'll start sleeping in it all by myself," said Chaze.

And if you would like the help the homeless population of Lubbock, call Family Promise at 744-5035.

get more>> Web Enhanced
"100% Cotton" Bowl Coverage
Click here for all of your Cotton Bowl Coverage as the Red Raiders are set to take on Ole Miss.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:55 AM EST2018-02-23 10:55:05 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:54 AM EST2018-02-23 10:54:59 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

  • 'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    'Heartbroken' Kenworthy visits South Korean dog meat farm

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:05 AM EST2018-02-23 08:05:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:47 AM EST2018-02-23 10:47:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon). In this Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, photo, American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy, left, and his boyfriend Matthew Wilkas watch dogs in cages at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea. Kenworthy saved five stray dogs during the S...

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

    The Associated Press joined American freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy on a tour of a Korean dog meat farm that's about to be shuttered by the Humane Society International.

Powered by Frankly