A strong 20-year-old girl has taken over the role of a mother and a father of her five siblings after their parents have passed away.
While most 20-year-olds are busy starting their career or studying, Samantha Rodriguez has decided to take care of her five siblings after both of their parents passed away due to cancer.
The girl from Orange County, Florida, has been taking care of her siblings ever since December. Fortunately, her community has also been very supportive.
Last Christmas, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office surprised the family with a unique gift: a helicopter ride and a pile of wrapped gifts.
“The Rodriguez kids lost both parents to cancer in recent years. Samantha, 20, has taken on the role of caregiver to her five younger siblings. The kids thought they were visiting the OCSO Aviation Unit for a tour. Instead, they received a Christmas none of us will ever forget!” the office wrote on Twitter.
“Doing everything on my own is very hard,” the 20-year-old admitted in an interview with WZZM.
After Samantha’s story went viral, generous strangers rallied to raise enough money to buy a new car for the family in need.
“You don’t know how much this means to us,” Samantha expressed. “It’s such a big help, really. Doing everything on my own is very hard but I’m so glad to have people like you guys in my life.”
Thanks to the brand new Nissan Versa, Samantha can now run errands and get her siblings where they need to be with ease.
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