HOUSTON – Inside their small, practically empty, garage apartment, Elijah and Theresa Hubbard stand with their children and thank God for their blessings, even though blessings have been hard to come by this year.
“I just want the kids to have a good Christmas. I want them to have something”, Theresa says.
You see, the Hubbard’s have lots of love but little else.
This year they lost the family car.
It died on the Westpark Tollway.
They almost got evicted.
And Theresa lost her job as a certified nursing assistant at a senior living center because she couldn't find transportation to and from work.
“I could empty my pockets and there’s nothing there. We don’t have anything right now for Christmas, that’s how strapped we are for money”, Theresa says, hanging her head.
And yet, even with all of that going on, several months ago the Hubbard’s took on a massive, new responsibility.
In addition to raising their two boys, 14-year-old Ryan and 7-year-old Aiden, they agreed to raise Theresa’s sister’s two children, 2-year-old Amaya and 1-year-old Mathew, after the children were
removed by Child Protective Services.
“God put it on my heart. You can’t deny a child when they need you so badly”, Elijah says.
Financially broken and with no way to provide a Christmas for their children, that’s when the Hubbard’s called Spencer Solves It.
Now, we are about to give Christmas back to Elijah, Theresa and the kids, all thanks to a member of Bill’s Brigade, Randy Hartley.
“When I see others that are in trouble or others that need help, I just feel the need to step outside the box and pay it forward”, Randy says.
Moments later, Randy presents the Hubbard’s with a Visa gift card for $1,000.
The family is all but speechless.
“Thank you so much, we appreciate you”, Theresa manages to say as she fights off tears of joy.