When Ebony fell on hard times, an an­gel in uni­form came to her res­cue!

When mom-of-four Ebony Rhodes fell on hard times, an an­gel in dis­guise gave her the help­ing hand she needed to get back on her feet!

Woman's World - - Start Your Week With A Smile! - — Rachel Cosma

Af­ter her shift as a clerk at a dis­count store, Ebony Rhodes drove to the li­brary to pick up her four kids.

As they climbed into her 1997 Buick Re­gal, the At­lanta sin­gle mom counted her change. Just enough for a pizza.

Ebony picked up a pie and drove to a park. They ate, then the kids, ages 10 to 15, tossed around a foot­ball.

Soon dark­ness fell and they all piled back into the car— and set­tled in for the night.

One by one, Calvin, Ja’heame, Is­sac and Dan­naija drifted off to sleep. Ebony, though, sat awake, watch­ing over them.

I’m so sorry, she whis­pered as tears spilled down her cheeks.

“I’m not giv­ing up!”

Two months ear­lier, Ebony’s fam­ily had been liv­ing with and help­ing her mom, who bat­tled se­vere asthma. When she passed away, Ebony and her kids were dev­as­tated.

Re­al­iz­ing they could all use a fresh start, Ebony moved her fam­ily from Florida to At­lanta.

She quickly landed a job and rented a house. But weeks later, Ebony was rushed to the hos­pi­tal in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain and di­ag­nosed with ITP, a chronic blood dis­or­der that causes bouts of ex­ces­sive bleed­ing and fa­tigue.

Un­able to qual­ify for med­i­cal leave, Ebony was forced to take unpaid time off for mul­ti­ple surg­eries. She felt pow­er­less as she flipped through bills marked FI­NAL NO­TICE.

Then, the evic­tion no­tice came.

Ebony be­gan call­ing shel­ters. Many were full. Oth­ers couldn’t take the whole fam­ily. They’d have to be split up in dif­fer­ent shel­ters. No! Ebony thought fiercely. With nowhere else to turn, they be­gan liv­ing in her car.

“We won’t be here for­ever,” Ebony promised. “I’m do­ing my best to make things bet­ter, and I’m not giv­ing up.” Ebony logged as many hours as she could at work. But then ei­ther she’d suf­fer a health flareup or one of her kids would get sick, caus­ing her to miss work. One month be­came two, then three . . . Six months later, they were still liv­ing out of her car. Just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, Ebony was pulled over for hav­ing ex­pired tags, her car im­pounded.

What am I go­ing to do now? she pan­icked.

Guilt and de­spair wash­ing over her, all Ebony’s strug­gles came pour­ing out to the of­fi­cer.

Guardian an­gel

Her­story made its way around the sta­tion house. One of­fi­cer, her­self a sin­gle mom, felt her heart twinge. Call­ing her deputy chief, she asked, “Isn’t there some­thing we can do to help?”

A 25-year veteran, Deputy Chief Jeff Glazier had heard his share of heart­break­ing sto­ries. But this . . . “We have to help,” he agreed. Jeff made a call to a con­tact at a shel­ter that was able to take Ebony’s en­tire fam­ily in. When Jeff told Ebony, she wrapped her arms around him.

“I can’t be­lieve this!” she cried.

With a roof over her fam­ily’s head, Ebony got a sec­ond job and saved enough for an apart­ment in just three months!

Im­pressed, Jeff called a friend who owned an apart­ment com­plex, and he agreed to rent Ebony a place at a re­duced rate. “That first night was in­cred­i­ble,” Ebony re­calls. “Tuck­ing my kids in ac­tual beds . . . it was a weight off my shoul­ders.”

Not want­ing any­thing to de­rail Ebony’s suc­cess, Jeff started a Go­fundme cam­paign that raised more than $ 62,000.

Ebony pre­paid a year’s worth of rent and util­i­ties and bought a more re­li­able used car. The rest went into an ac­count for food and med­i­cal bills.

To­day, nearly two years later, Ebony has a good job as the as­sis­tant man­ager at a fast food res­tau­rant. Her kids are thriv­ing, and Ebony is friends with Jeff and his fam­ily.

“He’s my guardian an­gel,” Ebony beams.

But Jeff doesn’t think he’s done any­thing ex­traor­di­nary.

“Some­times, life catches up to you,” Jeff says. “I was in a po­si­tion to lend a hand, and there’s no bet­ter feel­ing than help­ing change some­one’s life!”

“It’s good to be blessed. It’s bet­ter to be bless­ing.” a –UN­KNOWN

“He helped us when we needed it most—i will al­ways be grate­ful!” says Ebony, with Jeff.

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