Strangers step in to help a grandmother now raising her seven grandchildren

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Annette Johnson is raising her seven grandchildren, after their mother suddenly passed away from a drug overdose Friday.
“She was struggling with a heroin addiction,” Johnson said. “We’ve been trying to deal with it.”
Johnson has been trying to take care of all the kids, while quietly worrying how they’re going to make ends meet.
“We’ve got some beds, but we don’t have enough for everybody,” Johnson said. “I [also] didn’t know what I was going to feed my kids today.”
But thanks the kindness of strangers, she’s now getting the help she needs.
It started when a neighbor ran into Annette and heard her story.
The neighbor contacted Becky Baker, the founder of a group fighting Opioid Addiction in Monroe Country called S.O.A.R.S (Substance Overdose Awareness Recovery).
Baker then posted on Facebook, asking for help.

“I just put it out there and said I was going to meet with the grandmother today,” Baker explained.
After posting, she said donations started coming in.
“I’ve already taken people’s offers to donate beds and bedding,” she said.
Baker said furniture, clothing, bedding and more are are all going to be given to the family soon.
Johnson said she’s beyond grateful.
“When they came and told me people wanted to donate, I was amazed.”
Without the help, she said she isn’t sure where they would be.
“We would be struggling. We would be struggling,” she said.
For a link to a Go Fund Me page set up for the family, click here.

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