A stranger came to the rescue when three mourning children struggled to pay for their mother’s funeral when she died suddenly just before Mother’s Day.
Karries Finney, 25, told ABC News that she and her two younger siblings, ages 16 and 18, did everything they could to make the proper burial happen.
Their mother, Renee Finney, passed away suddenly at the age of 42.
“It all just seems so unreal,” Karries said.
The children spent Mother’s day doing everything in their power to raise the $10,000 they needed to give her a funeral. They held bake sales and car washes, ultimately bringing in $2,000, still $8,000 short.
Feeling defeated, Karries and her young siblings went back home to find their mother’s oldest and best friend, who gave the children the idea to write notes to their mother and send them to heaven attached to balloons.
The kids wrote their heartfelt letters, tied them to helium balloons and let them soar.
“I knew my mom probably wasn’t going to read them or reach her in heaven, but honestly, now I know my mom was in heaven blowing those balloons right back down and put them on that porch,” Karries explained of what happened next.
The balloons landed on the porch of Yvette Melton just one day after Mother’s Day.
Melton, 55, said she was leaving for work when she saw them in right by her door.
“And where I live, I thought it was just trash because we have so much wind, until I picked them up and saw the notes attached,” she added.
Melton was so touched by the notes, she knew she needed to help the family. She went to work and rallied her coworkers for help.
After finding Renee Finney’s obituary, she contacted the funeral home, who then contacted the family to share the good news that someone wanted to take care of her funeral.
Karries was speechless.
“That afternoon the mortuary called us and we were like, ‘What? What’s going on? ‘” she said.
At that point, Melton and her coworkers had already raised $2,000. They then set up a GoFundMe page and raised an additional $10,000 in just nine hours.
“I just started crying,” Karries said, adding, “We get a phone call that someone had found the balloons, and I didn’t know what to say. I was just at a loss for words and just was praising God.”
Karries and Melton have now gotten in touch and plan to meet on May 23 at Renee’s funeral.
“I told her, ‘I want you to be at the funeral. I want you to see what you made possible. I want you to be a friend of mine forever,'” Karries said.
“I love her, I love her, I love her,” she repeated. “I can’t even express the gratitude. It’s amazing. I don’t even know what to say. When I try to tell [Melton] how I feel, nothing is enough. I can’t say enough. I can’t thank her enough. There are no words to express the feeling that this is giving us. It’s unreal.”
Melton told ABC News she is honored to attend the funeral and is looking forward to meeting the family.
Karries feels the same way and said she can’t wait to meet Melton and tell her that she’s her angel
“I now have two angels. My mother, and Mrs. Yvette.”
*ABC News contributed to this report.