Salvation Army helps mom, 5 kids left with nothing after accident

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AURORA, Colo. -- Christine Bixman and her family were moving to Colorado when a horrible accident left them with nothing.

While she, her husband and their five kids are rich in what really counts, love, they’ve got a long road ahead of them before getting back on track and the Salvation Army is lending a helping hand.

Bixman said even though it is difficult to ask for help,  her children’s well-being is her first priority.

“Their health, their happiness is everything I live for," she said.

Lt. Tanya Pemberton of the Salvation Army Center in Aurora is guiding the way.

“They need a warm meal and toys under the tree just like anybody else," she said.

The Salvation Army accepts food and financial donations that help more than 13,000 kids who are in need in Denver each holiday season.

Christmas can be difficult for many families and an emotional challenge for parents trying to find a way to explain tough circumstances to their children.

Pemberton said she knows what these parents are going though because she too was homeless 10 years ago.

“As a mom the hardest thing to do is ask for help," she said.

The Salvation Army got her back on her feet.

“They didn't judge me they were there to help," she said.

While at the Salvation Army help center, her then 9-year-old daughter Brittanie said she dreamed of going to college one day and it had to be San Diego State University.

Today, thanks to the Salvation Army, and a scholarship earned by hard work, Brittanie is at SDSU attending school and making her mother proud.

Pemberton said her experience with the Salvation Army left her knowing that she could play a role in helping others.

“To be able to go back there and give back to the community is exactly what God has called me to do," she said.

To donate or volunteer, visit the Intermountain Salvation Army website. If you are need of help, call 303-295-3366.

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