AUSTIN, Texas — For nearly a week, Chelsea Timmons became an impromptu member of an Austin family.
Timmons, a grocery delivery driver, was delivering her last order for H-E-B on Sunday afternoon when her car got stuck due to the ice that has blanketed the Austin area for days.
Doug Condon and Nina Richardson tried to get her car out through a variety of methods, but it wasn't going anywhere – and, apparently, neither was she.
The couple welcomed her into their home.
"I kind of come to them with an exit strategy every morning during breakfast and every morning during breakfast, they're just like, 'No. Just stay.' And then Doug even this morning was like, 'Look, you can do what you want but you don't have to leave. Just don't feel pressured,'" Timmons said.
In a now-viral Facebook post, Timmons said the couple "basically have refused to let me leave" and that every morning when they said she could stay a bit longer, she would "go to 'my' room and shed tears of joy."
"Their home still has water and power so we are clean and warm. They have groceries (I know, I delivered them) so we are fed," Timmons wrote. "How AMAZINGLY BLESSED am I right in this moment?!"
During her days with Condon and Richardson, Timmons has befriended the family dogs and she and Richardson have bonded over a shared love of baking.
"You know, when she first came in she was, I think, a little – feeling a little uncomfortable, you know, being in a stranger's house. But pretty quickly it kind of has moved into her just being part of the family," Richardson said.
Timmons said she is incredibly grateful for the couple's kindness. She also said her apartment lost water and power, so she knows she was fortunate that they took her in.
Timmons said on Facebook Friday afternoon that she is now headed home.
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