Toya Graham and her family now have a glimpse of hope thanks to supporters who raised over $40,000 after her son accidentally set fire to their home, leaving them homeless.
According to WBFF, the Baltimore mother lost her home last weekend when her son accidentally set their home on fire while cooking chicken tenders. “I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick,” said Michael, 17. “When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan.” Graham says she returned home from work to her home in flames and a broken heart. “I’m tired of the struggle, I feel broken,” she said. “You try to hold on because you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. You try, but this is a lot.”
No one was hurt in the fire and Graham doesn’t blame her son for the incident. The mother of six made national attention in the wake of the Baltimore riots last year when she was seen yanking her son away from suspected looters. She was widely named “Mother of the Year” after defending her actions to protect her son.
After setting up a GoFundMe to raise $5,000, it was surpassed by over 1,200 backers leading to a $46,000 total. Graham thanked everyone for their support. “Thanks for any donations and may God continue to be a blessing in your life,” she said on the site.
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