Holiday Miracles 12-18-14: The Johnson Family
It’s usually a happy place to be, but this year grandma spent her last penny moving her daughter and her four children to Macon from Savannah.
“She’s currently trying to move to Perry, and they’re saying the shelters are closed,” Renada Johnson’s mother, Cynthia Tyler said. “That’s why she’s here. It’s been one obstacle for her after another.”
Johnson, who wasn’t home when 41NBC stopped by, moved to Savannah for about seven years and had her house broken into three times. Most of the family’s belongings–food, toys, clothes, makeup–was stolen.
“This is what they really need to make them feel like someone does care,” Tyler said.
That’s where 41NBC stepped in.
“I’m happy that our mama got us these toys,” 7-year-old Rashad Johnson said.
“We’re happy that our mama got us these toys,” Rashad’s 4-year-old brother Nyheem Lewis said.
All kinds of toys. From remote control race cars to firetrucks and bulldozers, grandma’s house is full of presents and clothes to fill up the closets.
“You gotta pray,” Tyler says. “You gotta believe and have faith. When we saw the commercial, that was faith. I said, ‘Well let’s write this letter.’ I told my daughter, ‘Let’s do this.’ At first she looked discouraged, because we’d never heard of it. But (we) wrote the letter, and next thing you know they called and wam, bam. I just want to thank you 41 for the Christmas miracle.”