|Giving Children Hope|
During Ashley Aquino's senior year of college, she and her siblings would walk for an hour and a half to school. Their family was facing financial trouble. Forced to leave their home in Buena Park, the kids spent their day at school, did their homework at West Anaheim Youth Center and McDonald's, and at night the family would couch-surf at relatives' homes--all while Aquino's parents scrambled to find affordable housing. The next day, another hour-and-a-half walk awaited Aquino and her siblings.
Through the tough times, the Aquinos remained committed to education, and non-profit organization Giving Children Hope--who had provided the family with food--heard about Ashley's story and wanted to contribute. Their solution: they set up a GoFundMe page to fund Ashley's first year at Cal State Fullerton with a goal of $7,000 to cover the school's $6,436 yearly tuition. They've just surpassed this goal, and now Aquino is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice there. Today, the family is sharing a two-bedroom apartment with another family in Buena Park, and Ashley and her mother are looking for jobs.More »