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In the face of single digits, strangers pitch in to keep woman out of cold

Whitney Caudill said she was just kidding when she remarked recently that could die because she was sleeping in a car.
Whitney Caudill said she's "been blown away by the kindness of others" recently. (Photo: WTHR)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - Faced with having to sleep in the bitter cold, a woman owes it to the kindness of strangers that she soon had a warm bed to sleep in.

Whitney Caudill recently moved to Bloomington but didn't have a place to stay. As the temperature hit single digits Tuesday night, she made a joke to some co-workers.

“I let them know I was sleeping in a car and how I was going to die in the cold," she said. "I was just kidding,”

Hearing that did not sit well with colleague Aubrey Morgan, who took to Facebook.

“I just could not let it go,” said Morgan. “I just can't look at someone and let them sleep outside. I have to help.”

Morgan's social media post asked for shelter recommendations. Instead, she was flooded with messages from people wanting to help.

“People just started pouring in with donations and offers, including people offering to let her stay with them,” said Morgan. “I was really shocked because I’ve never seen anything like it before.”

At least a half dozen people pitched in money, enough to pay for nights at a motel for Caudill.

“I just thought that someone should do something because maybe then she would have a little bit of hope,” said donor Samantha Ellis.

“My mind is blown,” said Caudill. “I mean, I have never experienced such warmth from strangers. There’s a lot of days where I am in that car and I have no idea, so that made me feel like this is where I am supposed to be.”

Caudill says she gets a paycheck next week and hopes to find a permanent housing solution.