The Austin family in Concord, New Hampshire, went through a roller coaster of emotions shortly after the ball dropped to ring in the new year.
Their fourth child, a son named Cainan, was the first baby born in the city in 2017, at 7:44 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Hours earlier, around 1 a.m., father Lamar Austin also lost his job as a security guard, via text message no less. But he told the FN, “Sometimes you lose something and you get something even better.”
Sara Persechino — a Concord resident and total stranger to the Austin family — was so moved by their story that she launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them out, raising more than $8,000 in the first five days.
“I don’t think anyone should ever have to choose between their family and their job,” she told FN. “They shouldn’t be worrying about financial issues right now; it should be a joyful time for them,” the good Samaritan said.