Gesture of gratitude: Man receiving rent help surprises clerk with emotional thank-you

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With historic numbers of people out of work due to COVID-19, local families who are struggling just to provide the basics, are getting a financial lifeline.And Friday, that led to an extraordinary gesture of gratitude.The line formed early Friday morning outside of the Columbus Urban League.People in need, looking for help to stay in their homes. Among them — Ryan Griffin."I have a 12-year-old son, and I needed help. And by the grace of God, these people were here to help me," he said.The pandemic cost him his hotel job in March.His savings are gone. His rent is due. He admits it was hard to ask for help."I have been independent for so long, it was. It came to the last of my savings for me to able to reach out to someone," he said.He says his daily fear...

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Gesture of gratitude: Man receiving rent help surprises clerk with emotional thank-you

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