Last year, a single mother of four was evicted from her apartment.
She and her children lost everything. Since then, they've been living in a cramped economy hotel – until Thursday night, that is, when her church gave her an incredible gift -- a new home for the holidays.
Barbra Moore works for a Dallas food company and is barely making it. She and her family were evicted from their apartment a year ago.
Money is so tight that they can only afford to live in a motel.
“The main thing that made me not want to give up was my kids, because I knew what I had to do,” said Moore.
So, a congregation of more than 11,000 secret Santas at Calvary Church pitched in and rented a brand new apartment for the hard working mom and her girls.
Moore thought that she was getting it in January.
"This time of year, we decided as a church, hey, we love pageants, we love programs, we love Christmas stuff, but instead of doing that this year, we said, ‘Let's take the resources we have and put it into restoration; this is what joy to the world is. Let's help families,’” said lead pastor Ben Dailey.
What Moore didn’t know was that the church furnished the apartment, and even put up a tree with presents.
"If I can give a helping hand in cleaning or cooking or taking someone around, whatever I can do, I just want to be a blessing like Calgary, my wonderful church, and God was a blessing to me and my daughters,” said Moore.
Because Moore and her daughters are finally Home for the holidays.
“Truly a blessing, being able to go in the kitchen and cook, ‘cause I haven't been able to in a whole year,” said Moore.
Shortly after the church service in which Moore was presented with her apartment keys, the excitement was overwhelming. Moore had a big smile as she saw her new apartment for the first time.
The church says they paid the deposit on it and the additional fees since her family was evicted before, as well as the first month's rent.
A congregation member also donated a month's worth of groceries.