ATLANTA - A Gainesville couple who have spent years helping the needy and homeless received a Thanksgiving week gift Monday that will change their lives forever.
Representatives of Georgia Wealth Advisors surprised Thomas Ramirez and his family Monday with a year's worth of house payments and more. "It was shocking," said Ramirez about hearing the news. "I was blown away. I'm still on the clouds. It's feeling I cant describe.
For the Ramirez family, giving back has been their tradition for decades.
Thomas and his wife Beatrice have run a shelter for 20 years for the needy and homeless. And even took in a 3 month old baby boy who was abandoned by his parents. Seven years later, that little boy is still with them.
But recently they parted ways with the shelter. Bill Morrison, who knew Ramirez wanted to help and partnered with America's Home Place to build the family a proper home.
"They partnered with us and brought the cost down to where Thomas can eventually afford to buy it. Which we'll sell it to him at a real good price," said Morrison.
Ramirez and his family are all moved in, and now with the help of Georgia Wealth Advisors covering the first years mortgage, this family is ready for new beginnings.
"I'm so happy. My life has ups and downs but I have a lot more ups than downs, and a beautiful family. God blessed me. What can I say the blessings are still coming today," said Ramirez.
The family also received a $500 gift card to Publix and 4 $100 gift cards to Target for Ramirez's four children.