When a family was in need of a Christmas miracle to get them back on their feet, a compassionate police officer became their guardian angel.
Grisela Andino and her two kids were living in their car in Boynton Beach, Florida after the person they were sub-leasing their apartment from stopped paying rent to the landlord. Between working a full time job and getting the children to school on time, sleeping in the Walmart parking lot was their only option left.
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That’s where Officer Craig Hanning found them.
When Hanning looked into the family’s background, he found Andino had never missed a day of work and her girls had excellent grades, while never missing a day of school–even during recent hard times.
With that news, Hanning did what he does best: he reached out to his contacts in the community. Rallying support at the real estate agency Remax Direct, they not only found Grisela a place to live, but all 120 agents at the company agreed to contribute money to cover the first and last month’s rent and security deposit, and supply some furniture and supplies for the family.
The Community Caring Center and Easy Pay Tire also gave money for Christmas gifts, food for the pantry, and tires for Andino’s car so she could get to work safely.
“My husband has been a police officer for 18 years,” Hanning’s wife Amanda told the Good News Network. “He has the biggest heart of anyone I have ever met.”
“This is an inspiring reminder of how going above and beyond to help others in their time of need can have a lasting impact,” she added. “So proud of him and wanted to share the story of this dedicated mother who refused to give up hope.”
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