Polk County family receives local help after they lose everything in a fire and accident

A stranger provided the surprise of a lifetime
Posted at 10:33 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 06:18:30-05

An accident left Cherie Money with serious injuries and cost her her car. Weeks later fire destroyed her Lake Wales home.

Local charities stepped in and helped Money, her daughter Tabitha Luna and grand kids with a place to live.

We relayed the family's struggles to the Polk County Auto Angels and one of its members; Ray Gunder the owner of Gunder’s Auto.

We arranged for Money to meet us at Gunder’a Auto in Lakeland. All those who made what was about to happen possible waited their arrival.

Money knew nothing about the Polk County Auto Angels and their plans for her. She cried when she saw the four door Jeep Cherokee covered in red ribbons.

The Polk County Auto Angels spent weeks restoring the donated SUV to be able to give it to this family. You could almost see the weight lifting off Cherrie and her daughter. The women plan to use their new ride as a hand up not a hand out.