Staff at a Toledo school collect donations for a student and his family
TOLEDO - People at L. Hollingworth School for the Talented and Gifted are coming together to help a student in need.
At just 6-years-old, Julian Hodge has already made a great impression on his teachers.
"He was this super sweet kid that I had last year. Very well mannered, kind of stuck out because he was super quiet even when there was a lot going on he would sit quietly with his hands in his lap and listen," his kindergarten teacher Rachel Williams said.
She says you wouldn't know it by his joyful personality, but Julian and his family are going through a lot right now.
His mom Adrena is recovering from several surgeries after being diagnosed with cancer, and his little sister has continued medical issues including being blind in her left eye.
Julian's dad had to take time off work to help care for Adrena and their four children. The family is struggling to get by financially.
"It's very overwhelming," Adrena Hodge said.
They are also looking for help to fix their roof. While Adrena was in the hospital, part of the roof caved in a bedroom closet, and part of it is sagging in her daughter's room.
"I'm not letting the girls go in their room at this particular moment because I don't know if it's going to fall or not," Adrena said.
"(Julian) says his house is breaking down. He told me that once and then he told me thank you for helping him, so he's been really a good sport about the whole thing. You wouldn't know that there's anything going on because he's resilient," Williams said.
"My kindergarten teacher she bring a lot of food for us because we don't have no money," Julian said.
Williams and other school staff have been collecting food and money for the family.
"She always helps me out when I need something," Julian said.
"It's a wonderful school there packed with amazing people. I'm very proud to say that my son attends that school," Adrena said .
The family tried to get help from the city to fix their roof, but were told they do not qualify. They started a Go Fund Me page to help get by.
Adrena was recently told she is cancer free, and her husband will be returning to work sometime soon. In the meantime, they are still looking for a way to fix their roof quickly.