Action Report: Program helps fire victim get new apartment


Posted on November 18, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 18 at 7:40 PM

Bill Capo / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- When Patrice Williams sees her new apartment, or the possessions in it for herself and her six children, she can't believe it.

It is a huge change for the group home care-giver whose house burned.

"I came home to my house on fire," said Patrice, reliving the painful memories.

She was amazed when two complete strangers arrived with a microwave, pots and pans -- things they collected to help Patrice.

"We save up, and then we get things from other people," said Adopt a Family volunteer Linda Domingue. "It feels very good."

"I called everybody I knew and said there's a family in need. What can you give?" said Adopt A Family volunteer Rachel Oden, who said there was an overwhelming response.

Linda and Rachel are volunteers for the Adopt a Family program.

"We match families wanting to raise secondhand household items, pots, pans blankets, toys, clothes for families that are starting over," said Adopt a Family founder Kevin Buckel, explaining how his concept works.

But Patrice didn't need everything they bought, because when her friends, family and co-workers called me, I told them how Adopt a Family works, and they collected secondhand items for her.

"I thanked them all," said Patrice. "I just feel like there's some people that still care out here."

It's been a busy year for Adopt a Family. They've already helped over 40 families, and now Kevin Buckel knows the holidays are coming.

"We're expecting a big surge with Christmas coming up," said Buckel.

"It's very important for others to help others," Patrice said.

You can reach Adopt A Family at 504-831-4312, or visit their website here.