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NT community rallies to help teenager and family in need

After a North Tonawanda High School student made a plea on social media to help her family living in a motel, community members are doing their best to offer a helping hand.

It was a post that tore at everyone’s heartstrings when on Monday, a 15-year-old North Tonawanda High School student reached out for advice to help her family who had fallen on hard times and was living in a motel.

“I moved here with my mom, stepdad and sister from Florida. I began school here at North Tonawanda High School. Things seemed to be going well for awhile. However things got bad and my mom has had two heart attacks and can’t work. My stepdad has been taking care of the family and doing all he can. Come this week Friday, we have to leave the motel we are at because our savings left. Mom got help from DSS and is gonna get Belmont help with the rent. Before you judge me, I am still wearing the sneakers my mom got me last year from Walmart for $5. I don’t have any game systems or anything a normal teenager has. My mom has taught me to live with and without luxuries. However, I don’t want to leave NT. So anyone who can help us find a place to rent, no more than 700, please let us know.”

Elizabeth Davila didn’t ask for anything, but that didn’t stop the North Tonawanda community from reaching out. Keri Solinski immediately came to the rescue to bring the family a home cooked meal that evening and asked if there was anything she could do. She guided them in the right direction on what steps to take to get help and she even drove them to their appointments and collected clothing donations and toiletries from Good Samaritans. Then a gentleman named Larry Kuebler met the family at Walmart the next day to buy Elizabeth and her sister a whole new wardrobe and shoes and Tammy Brosius also drove the family to check out apartments in the neighborhood.

Sadly, with all of these efforts, Elizabeth’s mom found out today that they would still have to leave the motel by this Friday morning at 11 a.m., and with no apartment lined up yet, the only option would be to stay at the Buffalo City Mission, so Brosius has also offered her home. She says it’s the least she can do at this family’s time of need.

We are still raising funds to help Elizabeth and her family get on their feet. If you would like to make a donation, please do so via the family and friends option or (personal) option via PayPal so no fee is taken out of your donation to

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