Donations pour in to help 'Baltimore Mom,' family after house fire
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- The Baltimore mother who made national news for snatching her 16-year-old son from the riots last year is now saying "thank you" to those who have come to her aid.
On Monday, as first seen on FOX45, Toya Graham made a plea for help after a fire two days earlier burnt the first floor of her home and left her family without shelter.
On Tuesday, Graham expressed gratitude when numerous offers of help from strangers poured in after the story aired Monday night.
“I want to say thank you, because at the end of the day, you know that it’s good people out there,” Graham said.
She, along with her five children and a granddaughter, were forced out of their home on Druid Hill Avenue Saturday by a kitchen fire, which was accidentally set by Michael, the same son she yanked from the riots in April 2015.
The family is staying at a hotel on Route 40, a solution initially set up with help from the Red Cross. With funds now depleted, it’s a day-by-day effort.
“It’s a worry and it’s a relief,” said Graham of her family's situation. "It’s a relief that I can lay my head to the pillow and all my children are here with me.”
The family has established a GoFundMe page that has raised more than $6,600 from nearly 200 people in 24 hours. Graham and her son, Michael, said they are stunned by the response.
“A lot of people care about me and my family for what my mother did,” said Michael. “We don’t know these people, but they see us, they hear us and they care for us.”
Graham said her family is homeless with no place to go while repairs are being made at the home that she was renting. She had no renter’s insurance, and there's no word from the landlord on whether the family will be allowed to move back into the house after repairs have been made.
Still, for Graham, there's hope. “I'm grateful,” she said. “I’m very grateful.”