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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.

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