A group of anonymous donors in Florida made a 20-year-old girl’s life just a little easier when they gifted her a new car.
Samantha Rodriguez was left to care for her five siblings after their parents passed away from cancer just years apart. Her brothers and sisters range from age 7 to 15, Daily Mail reports.
Now, they reside in Orange County, Florida where their grandmother lives.
A GoFundMe set up to help the family out says:
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit ‘adopted’ the Rodriguez kids in December and gave them a Christmas to remember. When the community heard about the family’s loss, they stepped up in an amazing way and several anonymous donors came together and bought Samantha a car in April 2019.
The Rodriguez kids lost both of their parents to cancer in recent years. 20-year-old Samantha has taken on the role of caregiver of her five younger siblings. The kids thought they were visiting the OCSO Aviation Unit for a tour. Instead, they received a Christmas none of us will ever forget!
Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Monday, December 24, 2018
As Daily Mail reports, Rodriguez was beyond grateful for the Nissan Versa her community gifted her. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office shared a video of officers presenting Rodriguez with the car on Thursday.
“Wow, I’m in shock, guys. Thank you guys so much, you don’t know how much this means to us and it is such a big help. Doing everything on my own is very hard but I am so glad to have people like you guys in my life.”
According to the GoFundMe account, Rodriguez is currently working as a waitress at a restaurant. She has goals of taking college classes and saving for her siblings’ education.
Further, in regards to raising her siblings, Rodriguez says the decision to step up was a no brainer.
“I knew what I had to do.I learned so much from my mom. I was like her sidekick. I learned what it meant to raise a family.”
In less than a day, the family’s GoFundMe account has raised over $5,000. The goal is $25,000.