Ryan Drummond, of Red Deer, said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from strangers. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Ryan Drummond, of Red Deer, said he was overwhelmed by the support he received from strangers. (File photo by Advocate staff)

Red Deer man overwhelmed by support of strangers

‘People are very giving. They saved my life’

A Red Deer man who faced eviction on Christmas Eve was overwhelmed by the support he found online from strangers who helped him keep a roof over his head and food in his fridge.

Ryan Drummond said this winter work slowed right down for his business PR&O Mobile Interior Detailing Service so he recently posted advertisements for work on Red Deer and area buy and sell Facebook groups.

“I exhausted all the options I could think of to generate some work. I wasn’t asking for anything to be just given to me,” Drummond said.

But messages of support and offers came flooding in.

“You hear about a lot of bad things if you watch the news or read the papers. But something like this happens and your faith in humanity is restored.

“People are very giving. They saved my life. I was getting kicked out and I didn’t have anything saved up. I didn’t have anywhere to go. I was really blessed to receive the gifts that I got.”

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Drummond said he received donations of food, a pre-paid VISA card, and cash. When he visited a potential customer he received $1,000, along with some chicken and beef.

“She said don’t worry about paying me back. This is my gift to you.”

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Drummond said he is now back on his feet, picked up a few auto detailing jobs, and is looking to expand his services.

He was also paying it forward by sharing some of the food he received with others in need.



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