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The other day I posted about Lesha Mandolph, her husband Ezra and their three kids.
The other day I posted about Lesha Mandolph, her husband Ezra and their three kids.
They are homeless.
Sleeping in their car by the Port of Oakland.

There was something about them and I wanted to help.
I posted about them and because of you, their gofundme page went from $1,800 to more than $12,000.

I spoke to Lesha on the phone and she totally broke down.
She was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

She wanted to thank everyone personally.
She here's a quick note from her, her husband, her daughter Tamia and her son Jonathon.

It's quite possibly the most beautiful note I've ever gotten.

I hope you can take two minutes to read it.
and I think it will make your day.
Especially what Jonathon wrote at the end.
Here's what they sent me:

From Iesha:
Two years ago, if you would’ve told me I’d be homeless sleeping in car and washing up in the Target bathroom, I would have laughed and said no way not me.

We have been buying toiletries, diapers, wipes, gas and cleaning our clothes with the $500 a month we receive in public assistance.

Last Friday, I thought “I’m so sick of eating bad food; I just want to be able to open the fridge and make a sandwich or have a bowl of cereal”.

With the outpouring of help from everyone, I now have the opportunity to not only do simple things, but to rebuild our lives, structure and esteem.

This seems so surreal.
I’d stop believing in humanity when my teenaged kids stood outside my uncle’s apartment with nowhere to sleep and he refused to let them in.

I was so broken hearted to look at their faces, at the tears in their eyes and at their childlike features becoming hardened and angry.

Today, I am forever changed; forever moved and will do everything in my power to prosper so that I may pay it forward in some way.

It is my sincere hope we are able to secure an affordable apartment, that someone will in good faith rent to us in-spite of our current situation.

The money raised from our gofundme will go towards paying our move-in costs and potentially paying our first couple months’ rent until we are able to secure adequate employment.

I cannot thank you all enough!
The most important things I’ve learned from this experience is humility, that no one is immune to the trial and tribulations of life, and that there are really kind people in the world.

From Ezra:
It has been an extremely difficult time for our family.
But thanks to all of you, we now no longer feel homeless. Apparently, we have a home in all of your hearts.

I can honestly say that I had my days where I was positive and optimistic.
Then I would have my days where I was negative and hopeless.

But I remember one day in particular where I turned to my wife and said “this is surreal, right?

But if it can be surrealistically this bad, then certainly it can be surrealistically great!”

And today all of you have made that surrealistically day happen.
I’m not much of a crier, but I was moved very emotionally today.

I’ve learned what is most important, that every man and woman is in their most perfect state when they are with their family.

Good times and bad times have no bearing on that.
We are creating memories everyday regardless of the circumstances.

We are growing stronger and stronger.

I’ve watched my son transform from a teenager to a young man.
He is a young man who realized the importance of making adult decisions to be responsible.
That makes his parents very proud.

Thank you again to all who donated.
This is possibly everyone’s best investment.

From Tamia:
I want to thank everyone for your help.
What you did brought amazing results and we are optimistic for what the future brings.
I appreciate you and your followers for what you guys have done.

And finally from Jonathan:
When I heard about this, I was getting out of basketball practice and I was walking to the store talking to my mom thinking about everything we went through and knowing its almost over.
I wanted to cry, but I was around my friends, so I held it in.
I couldn’t believe the support from everyone.
Thank you very much.

---The Mandolph family

I think it's the best feeling in the world to know that you did sometime to make a difference.
And that's what all of us did.
Thank you so much.
I'll keep you posted on Lesha and her family.
I can't wait to see them move into their new home.
They are going to be so happy.


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