Killeen: Single mom who lost everything in fire given new home

KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A local single mother who lost everything in a fire earlier this month has a new home just in time for Christmas.

Tanisha Hill's home in the 1400 block of Gray Drive was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 1. Since then, Hill, her daughter and four dogs, have been living at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Killeen with help from the American Red Cross.

After hearing her story, the Central Texas community answered the call. With help from Akeelah McDonald and Misty Wilcox, donations poured in to help Hill's family.

Even with the donations, there was one thing she still needed: a permanent home.

On Saturday, Hill received the keys to her new home with the help of Albert Flakes.

Flakes, manager at Father & Son's Soul Food, opened up one of his rental units for Hill and her family. Just a year ago, he also lost everything in a fire.

"It's a blessing all the way around. I know how I felt, so I'm pretty sure she felt the same way, maybe even worse. For me to be able to bless her was awesome," Flakes said.

Getting new keys wasn't the only gift Hill's family received. Flakes says he is also giving Hill's 15-year-old daughter, Ta'Neicia, a job at the restaurant.

So far, a GoFundMe page has raised over $2,000 to help the family.