GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Arkeya Bennett was at the end of her rope after her apartment was destroyed by a fire in May.
She was placed in another apartment owned by the same management firm, but things took a turn for the worst when she couldn't afford to pay the full amount of her rent.
"My landlord actually took me to court because I was short $75 on my rent. I had paid the $300, and they tried to evict me behind that," said Bennett
Bennett says that once she got into the courtroom, things began to change in an instant. What started out as a tragedy turned into a triumph.
"The judge ended up hearing both sides and when he got to my side and heard my personal information, and next thing you know, that evening he was knocking on my door. He said, 'I want to see the conditions you were living in."
Judge Melvin Ray and several others donated multiple pieces of furniture, food, and school supplies for Bennett's 5th grade son.
Judge Ray released the following statement:
Bennett hopes to raise money in efforts to help others who have been victims of fires and other unfortunate events.