Dunkin’ Customer Surprises Beloved Employee With Fully-Furnished Home After Eviction

"The Lord really looked out for me because I kept praying and saying, 'Could I be at home before Christmas?'"

Ebony Johnson, a kind, enthusiastic employee at an Ohio Dunkin’, had become so much a part of one customer’s morning routine that it was noticeable when she had not been working the drive-thru for several weeks in March. 

When the 33-year-old returned to work, she shared with customer Suzanne Burke that she had been struggling financially while trying to find housing for her and her three children after being evicted.

“I wanted to give up,” Johnson told TODAY. “I cried. I come to work every day and nobody knows what I’m going through because I always try to have a smile for our customers.”

Burke left a note for Johnson, saying that if she wanted help, Burke would gladly do her best. ​​”When she experienced this hardship, I just wanted to see if I could help her just improve her life and the life for her kids,” Burke explained. “I wanted to make sure that they had stable housing so that she could continue to provide the excellent service she does at Dunkin’.”

Johnson accepted the help, and Burke, who has experience working with social services, began reaching out to various businesses. Then, with the help from local designers and organization, Burke surprised Johnson and her kids on Dec. 3 with a new, fully-furnished home — just in time for the holidays.

“I’m just so thankful we’re back in our home,” Johnson told WCPO. “The Lord really looked out for me because I kept praying and saying, ‘Could I be at home before Christmas?’ “

“Oh my god, I’m so happy. Thank y’all so much,” Johnson said through tears. “Thank you so much for helping me.”

Image source: Suzanne Burke, TODAY