When someone falls on hard times, it can feel impossible for them to get their feet back up under them. Sometimes, though, all they need is a helping hand to help them get back on their feet. Cara Simmons, a 36-year-old single mother of three lovely children, had been struggling to make ends meet to take care of her family, and was beginning to be in desperate need of a hand to help her up.
Cara Simmons had been working hard to support her family, and even managed to land herself in the hospital multiple times for stomach ulcers caused by the stress. Her family saw how hard she worked and knew they wanted to help her, but they weren’t sure how. At least, not until they got ahold of "Prank it Forward." Prank it Forward is a program that surprises people with life-changing things to help them out.
Cara’s employer, Maid Brite, helped the family reach out to Prank it Forward, and when the time was right, sent her on a very special call. When Cara arrived at the lovely house, she immediately set to work cleaning the house. When it was finished, Madeline Blue, the woman who had greeted her, asked Cara if she was willing to help out with a few other things since a big party was going to be held there that night.
Cara was more than happy to help, and was extremely happy when she found out her first task was going to be helping as a “taste tester” for the private chef! She couldn’t believe it when they served her a glorious gourmet lobster and truffle meal! It was a far cry from the food she was scraping by to get her hands on every day. After her wonderful meal, she answered the door to find men with massage and reflexology tables.
When Madeline asked Cara if she would mind if the massage therapists warmed up by giving her a four-hand massage, she surely thought she had died and gone to heaven. Of course, that wasn’t the end of the surprises that Prank it Forward had in store for her. After her massage, Madeline led Cara to a closet full of stunning clothing and was told to take whatever she wanted. She was confused when all of the clothing turned out to be just her size; her sister, Glo Nicholson, had provided her sizes!
When the next surprise of the day arrived, Cara couldn’t quite understand what was happening. She was shocked when a delivery man showed up carrying boxes of her stuff, and she tried to explain that this wasn’t her house. That was when they revealed that the house was actually hers! It was gifted to her by Prank It Forward!
The final surprise of the day was another huge shock! The generous organization had planned and paid for a trip to Mexico so she and her sister could explore the Mayan ruins. Cara couldn’t believe how this one day had changed her life, and she’s so insanely grateful for everything that was done for her. Her story serves as a reminder to all of us that there is always a rainbow after the storm.