Community comes together for Christmas surprise

Posted at 9:07 PM, Dec 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 08:22:06-05

Fire Fighters, Police Officers and friends teamed up on Sunday to deliver a Christmas surprise.

14-year-old Ariauna Diles was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma a few months ago. Ever since the diagnosis, her family has been tight on finances, making Christmas- almost impossible.

That is until a family friend partnered with her community to give the family a Christmas miracle.

"Today we helped to hopefully bring a little Christmas cheer to a family whose daughter is battling cancer," Thomas Pechal with the Temple Fire Department said. "We had an engine, latter truck and deputy chief along with the latter behind me helped to deliver some Christmas joy."

Michelle Shelton began raising money a little over a month ago to make Christmas day a little brighter for Mindy Watley, Ariauna's mother and her other five children.

"I've known Mindy for a very long time and finding out her daughter had Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer it kind of brought me to needing to do something so after sleeping on it and praying through it we decided to start doing a fundraiser to try to bring Christmas to the family," Shelton said.

Shelton was able to raise 3,500 dollars through different fundraisers to buy gifts, food, cleaning supplies and new tires for the family.

"We have actually covered Christmas for six kids along with stocking stuffers. We were able to pay a portion of the family rents this month," Shelton said.

Shelton reached out to the Temple Fire Department and the Temple Police Department to make the surprise a success.

If you would like to help this family battle cancer with Ariauna, they have a page set up for donations.

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