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This hard-working school lunch lady for 15 years kept a big secret: her family was struggling so bad that they were living in a tent.

When coworker Bernatette Austin found out about Melanie Isley’s troubles, she knew she had to help. FOX8’s Katie Nordeen helps Bern pay it Forward.

The family has found a place to live and plan on using the money for a down payment and some repairs.