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Gwinnett single mom says 'prayers answered' through Facebook post

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Most of us read dozens of status updates on Facebook every day. People post everything from their Friday night plans, to what they ate for lunch. For a working single mom in Gwinnett County one Facebook post changed her life.

You could say that Maria Gregg had fallen on tough times. Greg and her 12 year old son lived in a nearly empty apartment, with no furniture, sleeping on the floor.

That's when Maria showed up at the North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries, A charity that gives food, clothing and medicine to people in need. "I actually came down here a little nervous, Maria says. "When I walked through the doors, the volunteers made me feel extremely comfortable," she added.

The volunteers gave Maria a box of food, and then drove her home.

"When they took me home, they dropped the food off and then dropped me off to work. They saw that I could use some furniture" Maria explained. 

The volunteers immediately told the charity's executive director that something had to be done.

"One of the volunteers was my daughter who said 'mom you have got to help this woman' explains Maureen Kornowa, Executive Director of North Gwinnett Co-Operative Ministries. "I said are you kidding, it's the week before Christmas.. I've got 500 families counting on me next week. Let me put out a Facebook post and see what happens. " Kornowa added.

Maria didn't even know about the call on Facebook to help her. However, within 48 hours, her life had changed.

"People started donating. Strangers who knew nothing about me, my name, my past, my didn't matter" Gregg added.

Leaders with the cooperative say people stepped up and made donations to pay her rent through February. Furniture was purchased for her apartment. In addition, beds, a couch, a television, and game system for her son were located. On top of all that, nearly $4,000 was raised toward the purchase of her car.

Maria works at the Mall of Georgia, and often has to walk home after dark. Her new car is a big step towards a better life.

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