Cross-country move leaves family in crisis

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by Sybil Hoffman

azfamily.com

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 3 at 11:09 AM

PHOENIX -- A cross-country move turns into a crisis for one Valley family. With the holidays approaching, they're hoping strangers can help.

It's hard to believe these sisters were on the verge of being homeless a few months ago.

"I thought we was going to be on the streets," said their mother, Marqushia.

When Marqushia and Donald moved to Phoenix, the home and jobs they were counting on disappeared. Their situation became overwhelming.

"I've got two kids," Marqushia said. "It's different. I always had a place to stay, always kept a job."

"I'm used to being a provider and I can't give it to them right now," Donald admits.

They found a place to stay at the Salvation Army's homeless shelter. Marqushia said her girls don't fully comprehend their situation.

"I know they know we're in a shelter, but they don't really know how to put it together and understand why," she said.

Now that the holidays are around the corner, the family was desperate so they registered the girls as Christmas Angels. Their names will be among the thousands of Christmas Angel tags hanging on trees in Valley malls.

In fact, the sisters are part of this year's Angel Kids campaign.

"I love Christmas," said 8-year-old Jaquayjah. "I get up, I go check what's under the tree."

Jaquayjah already has her list ready for Santa.

"I want a computer for Christmas," she said.

The family is just grateful complete strangers can help them this Christmas, especially since they're facing such financial hardship.

"I know there's a lot of good people in the world and this program shows it," Donald said.

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