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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Brandilyn Collins Helps Homeless Woman and Daughter

How about a positive story to start the new year off right? You’ve heard a lot of stories about technology being used for the wrong reasons. Here’s a story about technology being used to help people in need.

Brandilyn Collins is a Christian suspense novelist. A woman named Liz Hughes from the San Jose, California area has been reading Brandilyn’s books for the past four years. Liz is a widow with a 16-year-old daughter named Katy. Liz hasn’t been able to find work for the past couple of years so they have been struggling financially. Recently, they became homeless and were living in a car. Katy began to blog about her experience using the internet connections at restaurants and cafes. Here’s a link to Katy’s blog called Anywhere But Here.

When Collins found out about Liz and Katy, she wrote about them on her blog Forensics & Faith. She also began to write about their plight on Twitter. People wanted to know how they could help. Collins began accepting donations for them and then she went to see them. She took $971 in donations with her and they were able to get into a hotel. You can read more about all of this on Collins’ blog. A local ABC affiliate heard about the situation and went out and did a story about Liz and Katy. You can watch the video by clicking here.

Liz and Katy are far from being out of the woods, but thanks to Collins and the people who rallied around her words, things are far better than they were just a few days ago. You can get involved by going to either Katy’s blog or Brandilyn’s blog.


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