MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) -- Every child under Tonya Betts's roof knows what it means to give. It's in everything they do, no matter how small. "That is the greatest experience, is to give," she said.
Betts leads by example. The single mother of 3 had to quit her job to care for her daughter with cerebral palsy full time. "She has been in and out of the hospital; I can't get a job or go out and work."
While times have been hard, she admits she rarely asks for help, but the Salvation Army is giving her help anyway. Each of Betts's children, Jaden, 3, Rhema, 12, and Shekina, 15, have their names on the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Someone somewhere will make sure Christmas morning begins with a smile.
The organization said 400 names are still on the tree with only a few weeks left before Christmas.
"It makes me feel like an angel," Rhema laughed. For that she can blame her mother, who, in her own time of need, still imagines how she could extend her hand to someone else.
"If I was one of the ones that won that 290 million or whatever they just won, I would just go grab a tree, everything on the tree would disperse and everyone would wake up with everything," Betts said.
Talk about a mother's love. That's the way Betts's family communicates. Even thought one of her children may never say a single word, the reaction speaks more clearly than many people ever could.