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.