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Ellen DeGeneres Show Gives Pleasanton Couple $25,000

The NBC Show teams up with Shutterfly to help the East Bay couple

A couple from Pleasanton appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show after they sent in a picture and video about an unexpected rent hike they were facing.

According to the video, Analisa, who is seven months pregnant, and her husband, Tony, sent DeGeneres a picture of their three-year-old son. Analisa works two jobs while going to school and Tony works as a welder.

The couple is expecting their second baby in January and recently found out their rent had been raised by $400 a month and were worried about making ends meet after the secon baby arrives in January.

DeGeneres and Shutterfly.com donated room decor for the new baby-to-be along with $25,000 to help them.

Watch the full clip here.

Do you know Tony and Analisa? Give them a shout out in the comments section below.

Monika Harris November 03, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Darwinian Justice, You stoll the words right out of my mouth...why get pregnant and have another mouth to feed .....maybe wait until you get back on your feet .....
Michelle November 03, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Wow nothing but negative comments! Good for them for making a resource move and actually getting noticed. Those are the kind of people we need living in Pleasanton.
Monika Harris November 03, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I just have to vent right now....I grew up in this town and my parents still live here.. They bought their first house in 1959 .....what makes me so angry is how this town has become so expensive .....even in the early 90's it wasn't so expensive to buy a house here or for that matter, rent a place.....now , sadly , it's become so PRETENTIOUS .....who has the bigger house , who drives the bigger vehicle ....I wish it could go back to a little farm town....that's the whole reason my parents bought a house and wanted to raise children here....I remember , my brother moving out on his own in 1978 and renting an apartment by the fairgrounds ....for $300 a month .....
LanaBanana November 03, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Wow, so much jealousy instead of being happy for the couple receiving help. It's not your business why they decided to have another child right now. Also, it's not your business why they prefer to stay in Pleasanton. Because they might have good reasons for that. Like grandparents nearby to help or it's the city where they grew up, or many others. Why not to say, it was great that they found help and at least for the short time will be not stressed about the rent and taking care of their expected newborn child?
kris smith November 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
No matter what the situation is, this family is asking for a hand out, and its a little irritating to hear theres a baby on the way. This is the problem with so many famlies. For example, kids getting free lunch at school, when mom and dad are making a car payment each month. Um,hello, there is your food money. This story is a joke, and this family should be ashamed of themselves.
Janice P Ellis November 03, 2012 at 03:28 PM
While I totally get why this couple may have chosen a city like Pleasanton over a city where the rents are less, (beautiful city, low crime, good schools), what I don't get is their choice of having more children when this article makes it pretty clear they can't afford to do that right now. I'm an adoptive parent. My daughter is the joy of my life and I had absolutely planned to adopt more children, but, repeated downsizings prevented me from doing that. I simply couldn't afford to raise more than one child, regardless of how my heart felt about the matter. Although it's certainly not anyone else's business how many children people choose to have, you have to question why people continue to have children when they can't afford them. I'm happy for this couple that they got help, and in such a unique way, but, it just doesn't sound like they could afford baby #2. Wishing them the best though. A lot of families (including my own) are struggling these days since the average US corporation now downsizes almost as sport.
Janice P Ellis November 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I watched the video of the Ellen segment after my first post. Really adorable family. I have to say that I was surprised that, even AFTER the 400.00 rent increase, their rent will be 1,450.00 a month. Many, many families, including mine, are paying much more than that. For me though, the bottom line is that we're all just trying to do the best that we can. In these very difficult economic times, life has thrown many, many families curve balls that threaten to completely derail them. My family is certainly a witness. Like I do for every family that is struggling, I hope this couple's financial situation improves. Loved the Chucky costume Analisa made for their little boy, by the way.
libertus_rebelium November 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
You mean you need the kinds of people that have kids they can't afford and then ask someone else to pay their bills. well we have plenty of those in Livermore if you'd like them.
Darwinian Justice November 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It isn't jealousy, and yeah - it is everyone's business when they bring that kind of news into the public domain. The negative comments like mine reflect the fact that people reproduce without looking at their budget, then invariably end up asking others to help them out. Did anyone ever think about whether the people (and they ARE people, not just landlords) possibly needed that $400 themselves to cover cost of a new baby? Why should they be denied income from something they bought, something they legally own and have to maintain, if they choose to do so? Hey - if the rise in rent is too much, it won't rent and the owners will take a bath on it. If it isn't, the rent will get paid. So why should the renter have more rights than the owner? The owner, after all, has a much bigger stake in things! No, the negativity comes because of the insinuation that someone else put them in that situation, when it was their own doing. Rent too high? Move to Livermore. Problem solved. But no.. that's harder than entering a contest. And hey! Have some kids while you're going through financial straits! I virtually guarantee that these folks will end up on welfare (if they're not already feeding off that trough too) just based on the choices they've already made.
Brandi Goldberg November 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I have one child that I love more than anything. Would I like more yes but I choose not to because my husband and I are not selfish. You should not have kids just because you want them , you must be able to provide for them.
VTintraining November 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
She was already pregnant....then their rent was increased! I don`t undestand why people are so jealous and negative. This is supposed to be a heart warming story and half of the posts have left a bad taste in my mouth! YUCK
TrueRealist November 04, 2012 at 02:43 AM
Exactly. Pleasanton totally needs people that can't afford to live there and request help from daytime TV to make ends meet. I guess you'll be willing to pony up the cash when they can't afford to pay for the other incidentals that happen in life when they need help.
TrueRealist November 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
No one to blame but yourself for all of that. If you can't afford to live somewhere then you need to move to where you can afford to live. If you can't afford healthcare get a job that provides it. Rent control is a joke. My goal is to own as many properties as possible and rent them out for the appropriate amount of rent. If the renter can't afford it and wants to know what their payment will be for the next 30 years I suggest they purchase their own property.
Paisley November 04, 2012 at 06:19 AM
"since the average US corporation now downsizes almost as sport." SPORT?! I am sorry to be so rude - but are you people insane? Not only do these people lose a trained EMPLOYEE. Employers are taxed at a higher rate depending on how many people they lay off. So - logic would say - they HATE having to pay people off. Not to mention all the costs of actually terminating an employee and the cost to hire a new employee - if they ever get so lucky!
Janice P Ellis November 04, 2012 at 03:54 PM
Yes, your response IS rude, Paisley. No need to blast others for simply sharing their opinion. As someone who has had their life literally DECIMATED by downsizings, when a corporation downsizes by the tens of thousands, you have to question that. I was downsized by AT&T TWICE, first in 1991 after 7 years with the company, and the second and final time in 2002, almost a year to the day after 9/11. It did not matter that I had received a job performance award 18 months prior that only 1% of the employees in my business unit receive, nor did it matter that, on my last day, my manager came and leaned against my desk and cried because she was losing such a valuable employee - I was still out the door, as were many others in my department as well as across the country. American employers HATE laying workers off? Yeah, ok, I'll remember that the next time I call the customer service department of an American corporation and a rep with a heavy Middle Eastern accent identifying himself as "Chet" takes my call.
Tom November 04, 2012 at 08:46 PM
While companies like AT&T were laying off companies like Cisco and Juniper here hiring. AT&T invested in Uverse and other non AT&T traditional businesses. You have to look at your skills and see if they align with the market and your companies direction. If not, beware. Of course it sucks to be laid off and I hope you land at a better job soon.
Sue Weaver November 05, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Paisley's blast overlooked that *outsourcing* jobs to other countries IS much cheaper or, obviously, companies would not do it. Plus, there are no strong unions, environmental and OSHA regs to contend with. I think corps are perfectly happy to do tah twhenever they can. Even PacBell used service/billing clerks in the Phillipines! As to this young family, they are working as hard as they can, it seems, and a $400 increase on less than $1200 is a whopping 30%. I am a well paid professional, single parent and there certainly have been many months when I do not even have a $400 "margin" left over. I do believe the assistance fills a just-temporary need as the mom likely will return to work in 6 months or so- what is the big deal with temporary assistance? Many young families get this sort help from their families (like downpayment or co- sign or mortgage), or from their LDS stake (church). It's not unreasonable to have a second child three years after the first and not at all unusual for young families to struggle at one point or another. It might even be economically wiser as both kids will be able to share a daycare provider, use hand-me-downs (instead of storing stuff for 7 or 8 years till you can "afford" the next one); mom will be able to permanetly return to work FT as opposed to having one kid enter school then start all over with a new babe.
Sidnee Marie November 05, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Wow--lots of hate toward these people. What business is it of anyone to judge these people? They aren't taking anything from you personally--so get over it. It just blows my mind how nowadays people think it is ok to talk trash about others. Whether you agree with them or not--the simple fact of the matter is--it ISN'T your business. Move on with life and find a hobby that doesn't include demeening others.
Sue Weaver November 05, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Kris Smith should research the school lunch program, which actually is a US Dept of Agriculture subsidy to American farmers as much as it is "free lunch" for kids. I for one am happy to have my tax dollars support both US farmers and schoolkids. As to making a car payment-? How oddly irrelevant . Many of the poorer families I knew when I was working in public schools for 9 years needed to have a car or truck for their work as housecleaners, gardeners, construction workers, etc. You really can't take public trasnit to a far flung job site carrying a heavy toolbox or a weedwhacker, shovel and rake.. and you're expected to haul away all the foliage you just cut or construction debris you made. Or how about toting a vaccum cleaner, mop, wheeled pail and bottles of cleaning solvents on BART?
Monika Harris November 06, 2012 at 12:09 AM
OMG PEOPLE , The comments against the Pleasanton couple getting $25,000 from the Ellen show are not hate towards these people or jealousy ......if you're having financial issues and rent is an issue or may become an issue , wouldn't it be wise to sit down as a couple and plan for a baby .....really , if you think about , the child is the one that suffers if his/her parents are having financial problems and can't provide 100%, what would be needed to raise a child .....how about using a form of birth control and waiting until you're ready financially .....what happens , is people continue to have children and then use programs that we taxpayers pay for.....and when you go on public television for the world to see , it becomes everyone's business....
kris smith November 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM
@Sue, thanks for your input. I don't need to look into it. And yes, everyone needs a transportation, but you can purchase a vehicle thats reasonable, alot of families I know of are making a 300.00 to 500.00 payment a month, getting free medical, free lunches, and help with their rent through section 8. Just doesn't seem right. I see Pleasanton children on this free lunch program, amd mom looks good sporting her Uggs and Coach purse.
D. Hall December 01, 2012 at 08:08 PM
@ vtintraining: Finally a normal nice person, this was a happy story and the family is very beautiful & sweet. Maybe that's why they got a lucky break. All those negative comments were made by bitter people who hopefully won't be as lucky in their future...
Anneliese December 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
First of all thank you for all of the nice comments.. I am anneliese the one that a lot of you are talking so badly about.... I would like to set a few things straight.. First of all I never asked for any help from Ellen I specifically sent in the Halloween picture in and was asked to talk about my life. My husband and I recently moved here from Indiana to be closer to my family my mother was in the hospital and I wanted to be close to her. I have never taken anything from the government and nor do I plan to. I am finishing school in 3 weeks and I have $27,000 in student loans so over half that money I am using for my school the other to help us get through the holidays. This money was a blessing. I am still to this day working and am very close to going into labor, at this point I could go on maternity leave but I choose not to "feed off the government " as you all would call it..as far as us planning for this baby ... I had miscarried right before this one and she was planned we got this notice when I was 7 months pregnant and the issue wasn't us ever being able to afford it, it was about the rent going up the month of Christmas which is the month I will be having this baby... It was an unexpected twist and bad timing for us that's all. And to make you all feel better we have found a cheaper town to live in and we will be leaving in february.
Anneliese December 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
My husband works very hard with overtime, and has a part time job lined up for when I am not working... Our hands are not out and I think we are doing all we can at this point, I need to be close to my family right now and unfortunatly my family lives in California where prices are ridiculous. I plan to go back fo work as soon as i possibly can.You do not know us or our family or what is going on in our lives it's really not right to judge people. I love Ellen and have been watching her from the beginning being in her presence was more than money... I am really sorry you all have such negative things to say. We are good people and will continue to do everything we can to make things work just like everyone else. I hope after reading this your mind is more open and can remember that we are just people like you and got a small break for the time being. Thank you Ellen
Tony Craft December 02, 2012 at 01:10 AM
We are also taxpayers and I have been since i was 15. I have always been a hard worker. I have always paid my bills and we have never recieved any type of government support, nor will we in the future. Handouts are not necessary when my wife and I both have great work ethic. Two jobs, full time student and mother while being pregnant. Sounds like a great mother to me. I am a full time welder taking all the overtime I can, and preparing to work evenings when my baby girl is born. What more can I do? We are in currently Pleasanton for a good reason, and we are moving out of Pleasanton based on our income. We do make responsible decisions and are very good parents. Many things have affected our financial situation in the last year and we are capable and willing to do whatever it takes to make changes to make it through our tough time. Car trouble, rent increase, student loan payments begininng in January.....these things add up to more than $400. Shouldn't you tax payers be happy to see a hard working family receiving help as opposed to non working drug using baby having welfare recipients? Our baby was planned and the large increase in our monthly bills was not. Despite these increases, we would have still made it without the gift from Ellen, because we are optimistic and hard working people with tons of motivation. Ellen saw this and decided to lend a hand because she is a kind person that is willing to help kind and deserving people.
D. Hall December 22, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I no longer want to waste my time reading or commenting on this nice couple anymore. My wish is that all of you rude people out there find happiness? Jealousy is a bad thing...
D. Hall December 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
This couple didn't asked for help, this article & the show happen to focus on the rent increase. Ellen has done wonderful things for several people because she enjoys it. Many people who have a chance to help others usually don't, they are too selfish. They were invited on the show because Ellen & her staff liked Anneliese & Tony not because of the rent increase. Know the facts before you judge!
D. Hall December 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
You don't have all the facts about this story! Don't judge until you do...
D. Hall December 29, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Darwiner & Krisi, You don't know all the facts about this story. The article & the show decided to make the rent increase the topic. Ellen had already asked them to be on the show before she even knew about their rent situation. She liked Anneliese & Tony because they are nice hard working people. Another thing I must address, the landlords don't need the extra money, besides the place hasn't been fixed up in years. Stop Judging people you don't know!
Quinn March 30, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Most of the residents of Pleasanton, are stuck up, arrogant asses anyway. Who would ever want to live there anyway. They think their city is so up scale when it really isn't. It's not like Blackhawk or Daniville so why try to be posers ? Get a life you jerks!!

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