SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — For mothers in recovery for addiction, who are just making ends meet, there isn’t a lot left over for Christmas presents for their children.
That’s where Emily’s Hope comes in. The charity was started by NewsNation affiliate KELO-TV anchor Angela Kennecke in the name of her daughter, who died of an accidental overdose in 2018.
Christmas came early for 29-year-old Tayaune Escobedo and her three children at the Emily’s Hope Oxford Sober Living House.
4-year-old Prosper, 2-year-old Tae’Va and 11-month-old Brennan opened presents purchased with funds through Emily’s Hope.
The gifts range from art and educational supplies to toys. They also got a gas grill for the home and a new play set in the backyard.
Escobedo has been living at the Emily’s Hope House with her three children for just a little more than a month. She completed a nine-month treatment program for alcoholism in 2017, but relapsed after her brother died in June.
“It just changed my life and really affected me — my sobriety; because I just wanted to be numb,” Escobedo said.
She said the support she’s found at the Emily’s Hope House is now keeping her sober and she’s working two fast-food jobs to make ends meet.
That doesn’t leave much for presents for her kids.
“We’re just so fortunate and lucky to be here and to have such a wonderful Christmas like this. I think it’s wonderful,” Escobedo said.
Currently there are seven women and four children living at the Emily’s Hope Oxford House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.