NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans family got some Christmas cheer after a double hit of heartache last week.

Not only was their home damaged in a fire, but the next day the children’s mother unexpectedly died.

For David Holmes and his four children, a trip to the Lakeside Mall is one they will remember.
It was the annual ‘Merry Morrow Christmas,’ an event that helps a local family in need. This year, organizer Larry Morrow could not do it alone and reached out several familiar faces for help.

“I heard their house caught on fire. They lost their mother a few days later and when I heard their story, I immediately wanted to help and when I reached out to them it was game on to help and I appreciate them for the support because all it took was one phone call and they came through,” Morrow said.

Local businessman Sidney Torres and Saints superstars Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas helped buy clothes, toys and other items for the family.

“I'm just in the presence of good energy they're having fun and it's fun to be here,” Kamara said.

As each Christmas wish was granted the smiles came back.

“I want to thank the Saints players for helping me and my family,” Holmes said.