A mother of four has been given a new apartment after her family was evicted and forced to live in a motel for a year.
She struggled to make ends meet in a cheap hotel, but her church helped her get back on her feet.
Barbra Moore, a food company employee in Dallas, Texas, was evicted from her home in 2014 and had to move into a motel with her family.
“The main reason I didn’t want to give up was my kids because I knew what I had to do,” Moore told the local Fox affiliate KDFW.
In 2015, Moore finally experienced a Christmas miracle when Calvary Church’s 11,000-member congregation raised the money to rent a new apartment for Moore and her daughters.
The apartment was furnished and there was even a tree with presents underneath.
According to the church, Moore’s apartment deposit and first month’s rent have been paid.
The church said it also paid additional fees because it had previously been evicted.
Calvary Church decided to celebrate Christmas by giving back instead of spending money on regular celebrations.
“This time of year we decided as a church, hey, we love pageants, we love programs, we love Christmas stuff, but instead of doing that this year, we said, ‘Let’s put the resources we have into restoration .’ “This is joy for the world. Let’s help the families,” senior pastor Ben Daily told the outlet.
Moore was grinning ear to ear when she saw her apartment for the first time.
The mother enjoys carrying out everyday tasks that others in the house take for granted.
“It’s really a blessing to be able to go into the kitchen and cook because I haven’t been able to do that in a whole year,” Moore said.
A church member also donated a month’s worth of food.
Moore said she wanted to give back after receiving this gift.
“If I can help clean or cook or show someone around, whatever I can do, I just want to be a blessing like Calgary, my wonderful church, and God has been a blessing to me and my daughters,” Moore said.