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Strangers save Seneca family from eviction

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Elizabeth Sharkey says perfect strangers helped save her family from eviction. (July 3, 2012/FOX Carolina) Elizabeth Sharkey says perfect strangers helped save her family from eviction. (July 3, 2012/FOX Carolina)

One Upstate mother says she got the birthday gift of a lifetime Tuesday - acts of kindness from strangers. They kept her and her children from being evicted from their home.

Elizabeth Sharkey of Seneca says money has always been a struggle. She's a single mother of two with no other family members to help her out. Recently she faced what seemed like an impossible challenge - raise $800 in one weekend or be evicted.

Elizabeth Sharkey's 9-year-old daughter Arianna has Type I diabetes. In the last few months, medical bills have piled up and Sharkey missed many days at work, landing her without a job.

Then there was an eviction notice on the door of her Seneca apartment, giving her a weekend to raise $800 for rent. She had overlooked a written statement that gave her 30 days notice of the eviction.

"It was either get the money in two days or sleep in my car," said Sharkey. "It was really hard." 

It was a tough time for the whole family, especially the kids.

"I was crying and praying a lot with my mother," said Arianna.  

The family held a garage sale, putting nearly everything they owned up for sale. They raised $75, but it wasn't enough.

Desperate, she turned to strangers on her Facebook musical artist page for help, and was shocked at the response she received.

"I had people inboxing me prayers and offering to send money," said Sharkey.  

In just a weekend, she was able to raise the $800 her family needed to keep a roof over their heads.

"Out of all the people that helped, there were only two people I knew personally," said Sharkey. "The rest were strangers, they were all strangers that helped."

On Tuesday, Sharkey was able to wake up on her birthday knowing for now her family would be fine.

"There's nothing like that present, waking up knowing that we still have a home, we still have a roof over our head," said Sharkey.

Sharkey wanted to put her story out there in hopes that others in similar situations would be inspired and so that people would remember how important the kindness of strangers can be.

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