Big Mama helps family robbed before Thanksgiving
SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida philanthropist is providing some much needed help to a family who's home was ransacked and robbed a day before Thanksgiving.
"Happy Thanksgiving Day and I hope you are very, very happy," said Essie "Big Mama" Reed.
Police said thieves ransacked and robbed Martha Castro and her family's home Wednesday. However on Thursday, the family who was once filled with devastation is now hopeful thanks to Big Mama. "I never expected this to happen to me and I'm overwhelmed that she's here and that's she's helped us," said Castro.
The family's plan of inviting loved ones and friends for a Thanksgiving feast were dashed until Big Mama and her Team of Life stepped in. "They have like three containers of turkey, three containers of mashed potatoes and two containers of stuffing for Thanksgiving. So they can feed as many families as they want to," said Big Mama.
Big Mama not only provided a large meal but also treated the family to a shopping spree at a nearby Wal-Mart to stock up on essentials that were stolen. "Diapers and wipes for the baby," she said.
Investigators said the thieves stole not only baby supplies but televisions, jewelry and $1,200 dollars worth of car and rent payments. The crooks even nabbed medication for Castro's 77-year-old mother who has Alzheimer's disease. "They destroyed the whole house, they made holes in the walls," said Castro.
However, on Thursday Castro's mother was overcome with joy, as she's surprised with a new TV. "So you can now watch your soap operas," said Reed. "I love you," responded Miriam Castro.
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