Homeless for the Holidays

SOUTH BEND, IND. -- Seven-year-old twins Cheyenne and Joseph told me this was the best Christmas they have ever had, because Santa woke them up this morning and gave them presents.

"Super mario brothers", said Joseph.

"You have to fight for the princess", said Cheyenne.

Joseph says Santa finds you wherever you are.

"Because he knows where i am at...he comes here", said Joseph.

Even at The Center for the Homeless in South Bend where he, his twin sister, and his mother have been staying.  Their single mother Amaya has recently been laid off from her job as a medical technician so she moved her family to the homeless shelter so she can find employment and save money to get back on her feet.

"I never expected that i would have the hardship to live at the center..i attended college and i have always been independent but the economy is changing so rapidly it is hard to keep up", said Amaya.

She says she also never expected the community to help her in such a big way during this holiday, but she is glad the community reached out their helping hand.

"My children haven't really noticed much of a difference because the people here are wonderful and we are having a great Christmas", said Amaya.

So that even in tough times, her children can still enjoy gifts from Santa.


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