Florida company donates new home to Hania's family
Lumberton, N.C. (WPDE) —
Time Out Properties has donated a double wide mobile home to the mother and family of 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar, who was found dead last week in Lumberton after being kidnapped back on Nov. 5.
The company’s management team released the following statement on the donation:
"Time Out believes that there are times when the 'right thing to do' presents itself and is evident. This is one of those times. Accordingly, once our local staff brought the Aguilars’ matter and situation to our attention, we thought it a clear time to take action in the face of tragedy and do our part to bring what we hope to be some aspect of hope and comfort during a time of immense grief for the Aguilars. While the Aguilars’ new home will most certainly not bring Hania back, we thought it an important gesture to let them know that Time Out and the Lumberton community as a whole unflinchingly support them in this most difficult time. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Aguilar family at this time.”
Administrators with the Public Schools of Robeson County were with the family when they were surprised with the new home.
“At first, it was just total disbelief. They were so excited. The girls, they immediately started saying, 'This is our home.' They ran throughout all the rooms, picking out their rooms. Mom and dad, they cried. They were happy. They were so thankful,” said Public Schools of Robeson County Superintendent Dr. Shanita Wooten.
“The kids just ran from room to room and they were like, this is our home. And I just took away the sadness that is going on in their lives," said Assistant Public Schools of Robeson County Superintendent Dr. Robert Locklear.
The family is moving from a single wide to a double wide mobile home that's more spacious and accommodating.
Wooten said the four bedroom home is a real blessing to the family in these difficult times.
"The new home is this something that they won’t have to relive that day every day, every day. Every time they go outside to leave, when the school bus comes, they don’t have to be reminded. The home will probably bring a lot of peace and comfort, even though it doesn’t take away the fact that Hania’s not with us anymore,” said Wooten.
Robeson County community activist Gerome Chavis played a big role in the family getting a new home. He asked people to adopt a room to help get furniture for the family's home.
Chavis' efforts paid off. School district officials said nearly every room is furnished thanks to the community.
“I really do think the family is going to walk into a full furnished home. I wanted to decorate the little girl's room and the one thing they said they want, two bunk beds," said Wooten.
Wooten said Hania's dream was to one day buy her mother a double wide mobile home.