Shelter, utility companies help make family’s Christmas merryWritten by Danielle Stanton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“God is good,” said Stanley Smith.
The 56-year-old Toledoan along with his son Darrius, 12, were the recipients of a monetary donation from Cherry Street Mission Ministries, Columbia Gas of Ohio and FirstEnergy, presented on Dec. 23.
Columbia Gas and FirstEnergy waived Smith’s utility costs for December and the Cherry Street Mission provided gift cards for the family, who are being forced out of their basement apartment by Jan. 1.
“God answered my cry and my prayers,” Smith said. “It’s hard when you have a child and you don’t know what you’re going to do next. After the first of January, I didn’t know where I was going to live.”
Cherry Street was recently able to help the Smiths find a place to live.
“I love it. That’s my heart right there,” Smith said, pointing to his son. “Everything for him.”
The family will now be able to enjoy their Christmas, he said.
“When times are hard, this is what we need,” he said.
“This is the best of community,” said Dan Rogers, CEO of Cherry Street Mission Ministries.