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Happy surprise: The Giving Plate’s ‘Jingle Makeover’ helping one family at a time

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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Deleana Mitchell was expecting a $25 gas card when she got out of her car at The Giving Plate food bank in Bend, but she instead was greeted with $2,500 through the nonprofit's 'Jingle Makeover.'

Mitchell and five others were selected out of 60 applicants to receive the $2,500 gifts.

Ranae Staley, The Giving Plate's executive director, and Sheila Crew with Journey Church surprised Mitchell. Mitchell has lived in Central Oregon for 24 years and the last five years have been spent in an RV with her husband and three kids.

“I don’t even know how to explain it,” Mitchell said. "They are blessing me and my family."

Crew helped pick Mitchell and her family as one of the recipients. Crew will help decide how the $2,500 will benefit Mitchell.

Mitchell told NewsChannel 21 it was hard to decide who should get the $2,500. Grace Bible Church, C + K Threads and an individual in the community are the other sponsors helping four other families through the 'Jingle Makeover' program.

Staley said, “$,2500 is more than someone needs for Christmas, and it’s really a way to bring an impact that is lasting and sustainable.”

Mitchell told NewsChannel 21 she needs a new floor for her RV, a new refrigerator and a new car.

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Jordan Williams

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