OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT)– Three Owensboro families got a big Christmas present before Santa was able to leave the North Pole.
Their homes were made over by the Alma Randolph Charitable Foundation.
Walking into her newly decorated living room for the first time Kia Barrett couldn’t help but let the tears flow.
“Wow. My heart was thumping through my throat. I said I’m not gonna cry too hard and then the waterworks came,” Kia Barrett says.
Barrett and her four-year-old daughter Olivia were one of three families picked to be a part of the Christmas HUTS program. An event the Alma Randolph Charitable Foundation puts together.
“We accept nominations throughout the year. This year we had some unique nominations,” Alma Randolph explains.
Unique, like the situation the Barrett’s were put in before the holidays.
“Her father is not in the picture right now. He is my husband but I became a single mom overnight not knowing that I was going to do this. With God’s strength, he blessed us,” Barrett says.
“And is trying to raise a child by herself. Kia really needed a hand up to succeed,” Randolph says.
Hands up to succeed, that’s what HUTS stands for. Barrett says when she learned about her nomination, she didn’t think this is what she’d get.
“Maybe groceries maybe toys you know how they do with the Christmas wish or something I was thinking it was something small, not this extravagant at all,” Barrett explains. “I wasn’t expecting my family to be here already and so many people to come to support.”
Foundation president, Alma Randolph says they’re just trying to give back.
“It’s biblical that we must have a heart of compassion for those that are less fortunate than us.”
(This story was originally published on December 13, 2019)
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