Holiday Miracles: Valerie Simpson and her grandchildren

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Valerie Simpson and her three grand kids have been through a lot over the last several months. Simpson, who has a tight budget, says she her and family needed a Holiday Miracle. 

“Dear Channel 41, I am the grandmother of three minor children that I was given custody of in June of this year,” Simpson said. 
If you have never met Valerie Simpson, many words can describe her — passionate, loving, humble to name a few. 
She and her three grand kids, Zahyia, Noah, and Marquan all live in Macon and for a while things weren’t easy.
The kids mom couldn’t keep them. 
“I never expected to have them currently until the state of Georgia decided that she mentally wasn’t able to care for them,” Simpson said. 
So Valerie worked to make sure the kids are taken care of…a tough job, including the special care needed for 7-year-old Marquan who’s blind from birth. 
“I barely have enough clothing for the children, but we do have items to wear to school and coats to keep them warm in the winter,” Simpson said. 
And that’s where we stepped in. 
Although they were shy at first, like any other kid on Christmas day…opening boxes and unwrapping gifts comes naturally. 
Noah broke in a dealership’s worth of cars, Zahyia amped up her style with new bracelets, Marquan tickled the ivories on his new keyboard. 

Fitting gifts for kids who are all on the honor roll. 
“They deserve it. They’ve been through a lot in the past few months. They deserve something nice. They deserve it,” Simpson said. 
An early Christmas celebration for a family in need of a miracle.
“Overwhelmed. I’m very overwhelmed, very amazing. I am so thankful,” Simpson said. 

Valerie tells says she’s attending a local college and intends of graduating in the spring of next year. She hopes her degree can help go toward raising her grand kids comfortably. 

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