A family in need

By Katie Herrera

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - "I miss my baby. I come in here every morning and say good morning."

April Robins-Grant stood in the doorway that once lead into her 10-year-old son's room. The door was covered with condolence cards and signs that read "RIP Kendrick."

Kendrick died less than two months ago.

"He went to the park with his friends. And on the way back, a little boy shot him with a BB gun. It made him dart out into the street, and he was hit by a truck. He died two days later," explained Robins-Grant.

With no insurance, Robins-Grant and her husband spend their income paying off Kendrick's burial. She said just making ends meet is a battle.

"Month to month, we're calling Bessemer Utilities and calling ALAGASCO to make payment arrangements."

Now with Christmas around the corner, they have three other children they are trying to provide for – Chyanne, 12; Dante, 5; and Emanuel, 4.

The children are all registered as "angels" on the Salvation Army Gifts for Kids Angel Tree. FOX6 is partnering with the program to raise gifts for children in need, like Chyanne, Dante and Emanuel. It's a program Robins-Grant is depending on this Christmas.

"They are what helps me through every day. I just want them to have a better Christmas."

"We get up, wash our face, go down stairs in our pajamas and unwrap our presents," explained Chyanne, remembering a past Christmas.

But this year she's just hoping for her younger brothers to be happy.

"I hope to see two big happy faces!"

The Robins family is just one of many with children in need this holiday season. FOX6's goal is to help 12,000 children have something to open on Christmas morning this year. More than 8,000 have been adopted, leaving about 4,000 who still need your help.

For more information on how to help, click here.