MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) — Facebook friends turned into Santa to help a Munford family. A foreclosure forced the Mayers and their five children to live out of a car. They saved every penny they could to move into a new home but they didn't have enough for appliances, let alone Christmas gifts. Vicki Mayer was at a loss with words.
"Thank you! Thank you! I just want to say thank ya'll so much for this,” said Mayer.
She’s thankful for a gift from Facebook friends she never met until today.
"On the Facebook page she posted she needed help trying to find some cheap appliances,” said Missy Monzo-Marte.
Marte is a member of a coupon club known as "My Memphis Mommy," so is Mayer, that's how they met. Marte is also an appliance dealer and wanted to help the Mayer family.
"I sent out a Facebook message and I had family and friends from far and near and churches call me that would like to help,” said Marte.
Mayer’s 10-year-old daughter Kelsey didn't have Christmas last year. The family dealt with tough times and for a time the youngster, along with her parents and four siblings, were living out of a car. The family saved all the money they could to move into a new home.
“It’s been really, really tough," said Kelsey. "We've been moving here lately and we've been getting stuck in the driveway because of all the rain and everything.”
That's all the family could afford, a small home. They didn't even have a stove or a refrigerator. When their story spread online, many people stepped up to help. The family not only received appliances but toys and clothes.
"I got some jewelry so I can make my own jewelry and a pair of pants,” said Kelsey.
"I'm excited! I'm happy! I can finally say I have a true friend. Thank you, Jesus,” said Mayer. “It's a miracle. God is good to us. Thank God for ya'll, ya'll made our Christmas happen."
Marte says this will be a new annual tradition: help one Mid-South family at a time.