By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -
A local family experienced heartbreak and shock when the mother of four children suddenly died. Already struggling to make ends meet, the thought of moving on from the tragedy seemed like too much to handle.
But some people are stepping in to help, and others can, too.
Kierra Davis, 17, is doing everything she can to keep her younger brother upbeat less than a week after they lost their mom. Those that knew her best said Kendra Davis was no ordinary mother - the single parent lived in an Independence, MO, hotel with her four children and even took in two more kids who needed her help.
"My brother came and got me and said, ‘Mom's dead.' I was like, ‘No she's not, she can't be.' She's a good person, she didn't deserve that," Kierra Davis said.
Kendra Davis was walking down a hallway at the Crosslands hotel Friday. She walked into an elevator but never walked out. Her family believes she died of complications from diabetes.
"She gave and gave and gave. It was hard for her because she didn't get a lot of sleep, she made sure everyone ate before she did, she made sure everyone had clothes. She made sure everyone was well taken care of," Kevon Davis, Kendra Davis' son, said.
Now her four children are packed into a small town home along with six other people. Their aunt and uncle are doing all they can, but they need the public's help to cover the $5,000 burial fee for the person they all loved.
"We need closure. In order to get this closure, we need to get my sister buried and get past this so these kids can flourish and grow," Trin Porter said.
But through all the pain, there's already a glimmer of hope in the form of Deborah Johnson. She met Kendra Davis' eldest daughter just moments after her mother died. She was moved to help, so she enlisted her church and her company, McCarthy Hyundai in Blue Springs, MO, to provide clothes and toys for the kids this holiday season.
"[I] just wanted to do what the spirit put in my heart for them. It wasn't about me, it's more about them, wanting them to have that close-knit and togetherness," Johnson said.
The children will continue to stay with their aunt and uncle until they can find a more permanent solution.
Kendra Davis' family have set up a trust to collect money to help pay for her funeral. Those who would like to help can head to any of the more than 25 Metcalf Bank locations around the metro and contribute to the Kendra Davis Memorial Fund.
If anybody would like to drop off other items to donate to the family, McCarthy Hyundai will collect them during normal business hours. They are located at 3000 South Outer Road in Blue Springs, MO, and their phone number is (816) 224-7500. Those wishing to drop off items can let the employees know they are for the Kendra Davis family.
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