Loyal Customer Helps Provide Home for Evicted Dunkin' Donuts Employee, Her Kids
An Ohio Dunkin' Donuts employee is moving into a new home after a loyal customer found out the woman and her children had been evicted.
Ebony Johnson met customer Suzanne Burke about three years ago. After noticing that Johnson hadn't been at work back in March, Burke found out that Johnson and her three children had been evicted from their home.
"I go every morning, and Ebony has worked the drive-thru for over three years and really has just provided amazing customer service," CBN News reports Burke as saying in an interview.
Burke shared that she and Johnson had become friends, noting that they talked nearly every morning when Burke came to the store for coffee.
"When she experienced this hardship, I just wanted to see if I could help her just improve her life and the life for her kids and make sure that they had a stable house so that she could continue to provide the excellent service she does at Dunkin'," Burke told WCPO.
Burke worked with local organizations to provide a new, fully furnished home for Johnson's family.
Along with a staging designer from Design to Market, New Life Furniture Bank also helped furnish the home. New Life Furniture Bank accepts household items and gives them to those in need free of charge.
"It's as much a gift for us as it is for them, to be able to provide this for them," said Dana Saxton, New Life Furniture Bank's executive director.
Last week, Burke surprised Johnson with the news.
"I'm just so thankful we're back in our home," she said. "The Lord really looked out for me because I kept praying and saying, 'Could I be at home before Christmas?'
"I never had a fully furnished house. I never had help like this," she said. "I had been asking God to put us in a home before Christmas, and He really did. I'm just so thankful."
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.