A generous community in Florida have come together to purchase a car and help out a deserving local family of five children being raised by their eldest sister.
20-year-old Samantha Rodriguez found herself in a tough spot after both of her parents passed away within a couple of years, leaving her responsible to raise her five younger siblings, CNN reported. As their primary caregiver, the young woman has had to make huge sacrifices to be able to continue to look after her brothers and sisters, the youngest of which is seven years old.
Although the family does receive help from their grandmother, Rodriguez largely shoulders the responsibility of keeping the family on track. Now, the local community has come to their aid by donating them a brand new car.
Sadly, the kids lost their mother to cervical cancer in 2013, and their father to lymphoma just three years later. Since then, Samantha has been juggling her education with running things in the family home. For errands, appointments and everything else, she has relied on Uber or public transport to get all six family members from A to B.
The Rodriguez kids lost both parents to cancer in recent years. Samantha, 20, has taken on the role of caregiver to 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! pic.twitter.com/1Bs4w6PQob— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) December 24, 2018
Last Christmas, the Orange County Sheriff's Office surprised the youngsters with Christmas presents they weren't expecting, lighting up their holiday season. The OCSO shared the story via their Twitter page, and it quickly went viral- but the real magic was yet to happen. Shortly after posting the video, the office began to receive calls from people in the local community who were eager to help the orphaned youngsters in whatever way they could.
It was decided that the best way to help the Rodriguez family out would be to surprise them with a brand new Nissan. The family was overjoyed and shocked at the beautiful gift. Not only are the kids excited to take day trips in their new wheels, but they're also able to rejoin their church. Prior to the passing of their parents, the family would attend Sunday service. They are now able to do so again thanks to the kindness of complete strangers that wanted to help out a family in need.
Please RT: So many kind and generous people have asked how they can help 20-year-old Samantha Rodriguez, who is raising her five younger siblings after the death of their parents. Here’s how you can help:https://t.co/I8EPcgogUB pic.twitter.com/67IECdxEvM— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) April 11, 2019
The OCSO is still getting calls from people wanting to come to the aid of the family, who feel truly blessed. A Gofundme page has been set up so people can continue to help the Rodriguez children.
"Receiving the car has changed their lives," the description of the page reads. "But there is still a long road ahead for this family."
The page explains Samantha continues to work as a server at a restaurant but dreams of someday being able to put a downpayment on a house for her and her siblings to relocate to. She would also like to be able to take college classes and save up money for her younger siblings' education.