I know a lot of us don’t want to let on to other people how big our struggles are. But fortunately, good friends are out there and always looking out for us. And this is what exactly to our heartwarming story today.
But her best friend was there to help her out and launched the push to give Ms. Ella a miraculous Christmas.
Things started to break down after Ms. Ella lost the love of her life. The 72-year-old military widow who resides in Las Vegas now needs to raise 6 young kids all by herself. However, they’re not hers. They’re her great-grandchildren.
At the age of 72, the elderly woman shouldn’t be doing all this, but her love for her six great-grandchildren was all she need to keep going no matter the odds. She was alone to cook, clean, and provide for the six kids. It wasn’t an easy task, but it was what she had to do.
“I had to rescue them,” she said.
As a military widow, she wasn’t earning much income on her own, and taking care of six children on top of living expenses was just too much.
In addition to her regular rent, car, utilities, and childcare bills, her home also had a water leak that would cost her $900 to fix. She simply did not have the financial means to keep up with all of this. As difficult as it is, Ella is determined to give them a loving, supportive home, even as she grew old, weak, and tired herself.
Fortunately, she had one good friend who was looking out for her. Her friend Alicestine Miller, who lived in California knew she needed some help. But Alice wasn’t able to fix everything for Ella. She says:
“She’s hurting and I’m hurting ‘cos I can’t help her.”
Her friend Alice knew that Ella was struggling to make ends meet and keep food on the table as the stress and expense of providing for six kids had her falling short each month. But, Alice didn’t have the financial means to help her best friend.
But, even though Alice couldn’t pay for all of Ella’s needs, she knew how to get help.
She reached out to the FOX5 Surprise Squad, a group that accepts nominations for community members who need help.
Luckily, the Surprise Squad was willing and ready to bestow plenty of unexpected kindness on the family, including flying Alice in for the special occasion.
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As the women sat together, they both wept. Alice rested a reassuring hand on her friend’s shoulder as Ella tearfully told her story. “Oh Lord, they mean so much to me,” she said, struggling to find words to express how important her great-grandchildren are to her. “They’re my heart,” she added as both love and pain crossed her weary face.
Seeing a clear need for some relief and rest, the Surprise Squad whisked both Ella and Alice away for a spa day. While they enjoyed a day of rejuvenation, a team of plumbers tackled much-needed plumbing updates and maintenance on the residence.
Then, a truckload of new furnishings, carpets, beds for the children, and even decorations arrived, turning the house into a home. The once depressing dwelling was transformed into a comforting and beautiful retreat — exactly what every home should be.
Gifts and gift cards in the amount of $500 were also left for each child, and the home’s makeover included all the finishing touches with framed photos of the children Ella loves and adores decorating the space. The generosity brought Ms. Ella to tears, but the best was yet to come.
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