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Homeless family gets new home days before Christmas

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Shaterria Boykins and her four-year-old daughter were given a Christmas surprise they would not forget. Thanks to Valley Interfaith Promise, a program that helps homeless families, Shanterria and Kayla will wake up Christmas morning in a brand new apartment.

"It feels wonderful to finally have a home before Christmas. I can put up my Christmas tree and have presents for my daughter," Boykins said.

Her four-year-old girl already has a Christmas tree filled with a number of gifts. Shanterria's story started back in September.

She told News Leader 9 that after a few bad choices, she and her daughter fell on hard times and found themselves without a home. In the darkest hour, they found light and refugee in Valley Interface Promise. 

"We provide basic necessities, shelter, meals, and other resources that we could plug them in through the help of our local churches and local agencies," Victor Feliciano said.  

"It was a very hard journey. There were days where I would think, 'I can't do this' or 'I just want to give up' or 'I just don't know what to do,'" Boykins said. 

Despite her tough times, she is thankful for her new apartment and to VIP for helping her stand on her own. 

"I wouldn't wish this on anyone - to not have a home because everything is scattered around your belongings your life is just not on track, its everywhere," Boykins said. 

Shanterria's life is moving forward. She is taking time to re-evaluate her career goals and is encouraging others who may be down and out.

"Hold on, keep strong, and there is hope. Don't give up, because I'm a testimony," Boykins said. 

Boykins's family was one of two who received a new home through the program - just days before Christmas. 

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