OXFORD, Ohio -- Cooking as a family is a far cry from last week for Tierra Gray and her two young sons.
Gray never thought she would find herself homeless, but recently, she said, her landlord evicted her after she missed a rent payment. She and the boys bounced from friends to family to church members' homes.
They ended up at the Butler County Sheriff's Office, sleeping in the lobby one night.
Then, they met Deputy Brian Bussell. He put them up in a hotel while they looked for somewhere to live and took the family to buy clothes. Bussell's act of compassion led to an outpouring of support, helping Gray get an apartment and furniture.
They moved in last Friday; they didn't need the full 10 days in a hotel Bussell offered to pay for.
"When everything is all said and done, we're also -- we're all still family, and we do family things, cook together and ... we pray together," she said.
They learn lessons in gratitude together, too.
"Whether it's food on their plate or shoes on their feet or clothes on their back, be grateful for whatever you have because there's always somebody out there who doesn't have it who wishes they had what you had," she said.