Santa makes surprise delivery for displaced Algiers family

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Posted on December 24, 2013 at 11:16 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 7:34 AM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS -- An Algiers family that lost everything in a house fire the day after Thanksgiving got a special delivery this Christmas Eve.

The special mission is all thanks to Santa, the generosity of Good Samaritans and the New Orleans Fire Department.

"We appreciate everything you've all done for us. We thank everybody."

Tears of gratitude and joy welled up in the eyes of Tiasha Bickham and her mother Tuesday night. A month ago the Algiers family lost everything when a fire broke out in their duplex.

"To still be in a hotel. To still be cramped in space and still be depressed and stressed out. I love this new home," said Bickham of how her luck has turned around.

Up until Sunday, her family, which includes six kids, were homeless. Good Samaritans stepped in to find them a new place to call home.

That is where on Christmas Eve the desire of strangers snowballed into one unforgettable delivery.

"This is almost as big as the one I'll bring tonight!," laughed Santa as he helped unload the fire truck.

Bikes and bags filled with carefully wrapped gifts were hand delivered to this family by the New Orleans Fire Department and volunteers. An added bonus: an early detour from Santa.

"I pointed to the Barbie Dream House and said, do you know who donated that? I don't know. Complete generosity of many," said Addie Imseis, who heard about this family's plight on the news.

She felt the need to rally the troops.

"I think New Orleans is a very generous community but a post-Katrina situation as well. Many people who know the feeling of having lost everything can understand and empathize," said Imseis.

As Christmas Day arrives, this Algiers family can't help but count its blessings when just weeks ago this holiday season was looking far from bright.

"We had so much help from so many different people. It feels good to know you're doing the right thing and have other people support you," said Bickham.

The NOFD also donated a $200 gift card to help Bickham and her family get back on their feet.

 

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