By Ryan Steal
Well-wishers are shining hope to a mother and her three kids who were facing eviction on Monday, August 2.
Dasha Kelly’s road had almost come to an end on Monday when she faced eviction for failure to clear her rent bills since last year. The mother of three was a stable card dealer who’d clear her bills and cater for her needs. However, her narrative suddenly changed last year when COVID-19 put many casinos under the lock. She went home, not sure of what to do next.
Her rent bills, like those of millions of Americans, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, began to pile up. Kelly was now facing eviction on Monday after the White House announced that it no longer had any legal authority to keep the expired federal eviction moratorium extended.
“I don’t think this means this President is going to give up,” said Gene Sperling, the White House official responsible for managing coronavirus relief efforts, during an afternoon briefing. “I think he’s going to keep looking, keep pushing.”
However, the announcement troubled many Americans who were behind in rent, and among them was Kelly.
“I had no idea what we were going to do,” Kelly said concerning the eviction. She owed a total of $2,000 in rent. The hopeless mother tried her luck by creating a GoFundMe account on Monday night.
Waking up on Tuesday, Kelly was seated on her couch, stressing about the eviction she and her three daughters were facing, when she was informed that her account had raised a whopping $172,000. 2,700 well-wishers had done the job.
The 32-year-old couldn’t believe her ears as CNN’s Erin Burnett broke the news. An emotional Kelly thanked all her supporters who’d raised way more than she had asked for. “I just want to tell everybody thank you so much,” she said before adding, “I’m still in denial.”
Kelly also mentioned that she’d help several others facing eviction.
“It gave me a lot of hope,” she said. “And I just want to make sure I do the best that I can to help the next person that is in my same situation.”
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