Valley family must choose which days to use electricity

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by Sybil Hoffman

azfamily.com

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 11:08 AM

PHOENIX -- Sewer problems, graffiti, holes in the roof.  One valley family trying to cope with these massive financial troubles is finding it hard to come up with the money for Christmas gifts for their kids.

Brothers Kevin and Cyrus never met a basketball hoop they could resist. And each boy has his own interests.  Kevin told us, "I like baseball, basketball and football." Cyrus clearly enjoys playing marbles. So it's no surprise that the boys dream big when it comes to Christmas.

Their father Charles told us, "I don't even like to think about it because I don't think I'll be able to provide what they would want."

Charles’ wife explains, “All I want for the kids is to have a good Christmas, you know."

So in desperation, Charles and Roxanna registered the boys as Christmas Angels. Their names will be among the thousands of angel tags hanging on trees in valley malls this holiday season. It’s a decision that wasn't easy to make. As Charles points out, "It's tough for me to reach out and ask for help. It's real tough."

It’s a sentiment that Roxanna shares. She became overwhelmed just talking to us. "I mean, I'm happy because everything that everybody is doing for us,” Roxanna says. “It’s just a blessing, you know, but it's just, I don't know that I can do this."

There are days when the family can't afford electricity, let along make necessary repairs.

The walls in the boys' bedroom are covered with graffiti. Kevin explains, "We're going to paint it soon so it doesn't look like this."

Despite their living conditions and financial struggles, Charles remains positive. “"I'm just happy I've got kids and they're safe and god protects them," he says.

For more information on the Arizona's Family Christmas Angel program, click here.

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