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HOUSTON, Tx. – Rainn Sheppard leaped into her mom’s arms moments before competing in the 3,000 meter race at the Junior Olympics.

Mom Tonia Handy made it to the track just in time to see her daughter win gold, all thanks to a kind stranger who wanted to help the single mom.

“I couldn’t believe she was here,” Rainn told the Associate Press. “I still can’t believe it.”

Handy and her three daughters, 10-year-old Rainn, 11-year-old Tai and 8-year-old Brooke all live in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York. All four of them share one bedroom.

In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 photo, Tonia Handy, far right, and her daughters, Rainn Sheppard, 10, far left, Tai Sheppard, 11, second from left, and Brooke Sheppard, 8, second from right, together in the bedroom of their apartment in a Brooklyn shelter, in New York. "Some families meet at the dinner table, we have these mattresses that were put together by two twin beds and that's our meeting place," said Handy. "We do everything in that bed. It's somewhere to connect." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
In this Wednesday, July 20, 2016 photo, Tonia Handy, far right, and her daughters, Rainn Sheppard, 10, far left, Tai Sheppard, 11, second from left, and Brooke Sheppard, 8, second from right, together in the bedroom of their apartment in a Brooklyn shelter, in New York. “Some families meet at the dinner table, we have these mattresses that were put together by two twin beds and that’s our meeting place,” said Handy. “We do everything in that bed. It’s somewhere to connect.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Associated Press reported that the sisters started competing in track in January 2015.

“Every time they get on the track they amaze us,” coach Jean Bell told WCBS.

“They never ran before. I knew they liked to jump around and rip about crazy like kids, but that’s all they had room to do,” said Hardy.

All three made it to the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston. When they got the good news, their coach and a GoFundMe campaign raised enough money to fly the girls to Texas, but their mother couldn’t afford the trip.

When a man named Ken Smaltz, Jr. heard the family’s story, he reached out and paid for Handy’s flight.

“It just feels nice to help someone,” Smaltz told the AP. He said he didn’t expect the story to go public.

In this July 11, 2016 photo, Tonia Handy, 46, is surrounded by her children, Tai Sheppard, 11, Rainn Sheppard, 10, and Brooke Sheppard, 8, left to right, after track workouts at Boys and Girls High School, in Brooklyn borough of New York. Every morning, three young sisters wake up together with their mom in one bed in a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Every afternoon, they train in a sport that they hope will put them on a path to a better life. The girls have blossomed since taking up track and field just a year and a half ago, rising to the top tier of their age-group national rankings and earning a spot in the Junior Olympic Games, now underway in Houston. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this July 11, 2016 photo, Tonia Handy, 46, is surrounded by her children, Tai Sheppard, 11, Rainn Sheppard, 10, and Brooke Sheppard, 8, left to right, after track workouts at Boys and Girls High School, in Brooklyn borough of New York. Every morning, three young sisters wake up together with their mom in one bed in a Brooklyn homeless shelter. Every afternoon, they train in a sport that they hope will put them on a path to a better life. The girls have blossomed since taking up track and field just a year and a half ago, rising to the top tier of their age-group national rankings and earning a spot in the Junior Olympic Games, now underway in Houston. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The girls and their mother have been homeless for almost two years. Handy has a job, but doesn’t make enough to support her family.