By Stephen Mayer, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Four children left homeless after their mother's unexpected death now have a fresh start thanks to the aid of total strangers.
Kierra Davis, 17, and her three brothers are now staking claim to new bedrooms before moving into a new home. This came after their mother, Kendra Davis, died while they were living at an extended-stay motel.
Their uncle took them in, cramming 12 people into a town home. But the struggling family needed help.
After KCTV5 aired a story on the issue, countless strangers came forward offering assistance.
"It's awesome. It's tremendous," Trin Porter, a family member, said. "It's the Christmas season. For total strangers to lend a hand to think about others, it was a tremendous help."
One of the angels was Debra Johnson who convinced her employer, McCarthy Hyundai, and her church to adopt the family. They have donated dozens of Christmas presents to them.
The family needed money to bury Kendra Davis, and donations poured in to pay for the service. That more than anything meant most to Kierra Davis.
"It meant a lot. My mom does everything for everyone. It felt nice we could do something for her," the teen said.
A relative who lives out of state had been renting a home, but cleared it out so that four children and their grandmother could move in.
The children's loss clearly weighs on them still. While they know rough days are still ahead of them, the children vow to make their mother proud.
"We are starting all over from scratch. We are going to push forward and thrive and make sure everything from this point forward is all positive," Porter said.
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