Mother who lost job gets surprise Christmas help

by: Tenikka Smith Updated:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

An Eyewitness News viewer has launched a Christmas drive to help a mother who unexpectedly lost her job.

Kristina Norman was a pastry chef at Delta's restaurant in uptown Charlotte until it abruptly closed just days before Thanksgiving.

Norman reached out to Eyewitness News after she didn’t get paid and wasn’t hearing back from the owners.
DeVondia Roseborough saw the report and decided to sponsor Norman and her 7-year-old son for the holidays through her non-profit, Rasberrirose Foundation Inc.

Roseborough said she was once in a position where her own family had to get help during the holidays and now she is paying it forward.

"I always made this vow to God that if I got in a position to help someone, I would, and with the community's support I'm able to do so," she said.

Roseborough is working to collect household items, canned goods, a laptop for Norman and toys and clothes for her son.

Eyewitness News first told you Delta's abruptly closed toward the end of November. We checked with Norman this week and she said she has received one check since the restaurant closed.

She's still waiting on another, plus reimbursement for a check the restaurant gave her that bounced.

Norman said she recently took a part-time job at a small local restaurant.

If you'd like more information on how to donate to the family, contact DeVondia Roseborough at 704-906-5544 or email rasberrirose@aol.com.