PETALING JAYA: Grace Edward and her family, who were evicted from their home on June 29, finally have a roof over their heads, thanks to the generosity of the public.
On May 17, FMT highlighted the plight of Grace, her husband and their six-year-old son, who were living in their beat-up car for 10 days, surrounded by plastic bags and boxes filled with their belongings.
Grace, 37, expressed her gratitude to FMT for highlighting the family’s predicament and said the money raised had enabled them to rent a flat at Sri Cempaka in Puchong and pay outstanding debts.
“Now we can sleep soundly knowing there is a roof over our heads,” she said.
She said they managed to pay off their previous home’s outstanding rent and both the deposit and first month rent for their new home.
Grace said generous donors had also bought furniture and other household necessities for them.
“I never imagined that we would receive so much help. I am overwhelmed by the support,” she said.
With the extra cash, she said, she could look after her ailing mother’s needs and send her son to school.
“I can also realise my dream of starting my nasi lemak business,” she said, adding that she also planned to save a portion of the money for her son’s future needs.
Grace said several MPs and NGOs had visited her at the flat where the family was temporarily staying to provide financial assistance.
“YB Gobind visited us and gave us some money. He also said he would help my husband find a job, and a school to send my son to,” she said, referring to Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo.
She said she felt relieved that her family was safe and expressed her gratitude to those who had offered them help.
“I don’t have to worry so much about my son’s welfare anymore. Thank you very much,” she said.