Valley girl's 'Sweet 16' party back on thanks to ABC15 viewers

SURPRISE, AZ - Diane Talley always works hard to make ends meet for her and her daughter Kiani.

But the government shutdown forced her out of work as an administrator at Luke Air Force Base and left her unable to pay for her daughter's upcoming 16th birthday party.

But since Talley's story aired on ABC15 Wednesday night, viewers responded by the dozens wanting to donate money to help. One viewer didn't have money to give, but wanted to offer something that came from the heart.

"I know how it is. I was laid off from work in June and I wanted to help a mom out. Your 16th birthday only comes once," said Ellen Eklund.

Eklund has been baking for the past 15 years and started doing it consistently after she lost her job. She offered Talley a birthday cake for her daughter at no charge.

"I've made wedding cakes before. I can do almost any flavor from scratch with whatever design she would like," said Eklund.

With the help of Eklund and other ABC15 viewers, Talley will be able to throw a birthday celebration for her daughter next week.

They plan on having a small get together at home with close family and friends.

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