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Non-profit Black San Diego gives thousands to families in need during pandemic

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Posted at 7:20 AM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 18:33:35-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A non-profit and business owner came together to donate thousands of dollars to families in need during the pandemic Wednesday.

Non-profit Black San Diego started up in September with the goal of bolstering Black-owned businesses and giving them tools to succeed.

They have a Facebook page with 36,000 members.

On December 19th, Porschia Wyatt posted asking for prayers for her family.

"Recently my husband was laid off from his job, he works for the Cheesecake Factory, so time’s been hard for me and my family," she said.

She and her husband have a 15-year-old daughter, 7 and 8-year-old sons and a 20-month old daughter.

Getting Christmas presents was going to be hard, and November 16th made it even more difficult.

"I had just ate pizza and next thing you know I started throwing up and I couldn’t breath or anything so I was rushed to the hospital," she said she had an abdominal blockage.

She underwent three surgeries and came home on the 25th.

Now she had huge medical bills to worry about, which was what pushed her to type a message to the BSD community.

She got an overwhelming response, more than a hundred comments and a surprise at her doorstep Wednesday morning.

Jaime Harris, owner of Big Block Realty, was holding a giant check for $4,000.

"There are so many families that are affected you know? Of course, we want to help the Black-owned businesses, but we realize our community is definitely suffering because they’re shut down and without a job," CEO of BSD, Sheri Jones said.

She hopes the donation will bridge the gap, make their Christmas a little more merry and spread kindness during a season of giving.

"I would just like to say thank you and I appreciate the help and I appreciate everyone who helped with my family and reaching out to me and I really appreciate it and god bless everyone," Wyatt said.