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BATON ROUGE- A family in Old South Baton Rouge will sleep a little warmer tonight following a News 2 story about their situation.

Daphne Brooks and her three children had to move after their home burned down, and she didn't have the money to heat their new home properly. She and her children were huddled around a single space heater Tuesday evening, trying to keep warm as the coldest night of the season approached.

"I was terrified, I didn't know what I was gonna do, I really didn't know what I was gonna do, I was just taking it day by day," Brooks said Tuesday night.

After the story aired, an anonymous Baton Rouge Police officer dropped off an additional space heater to keep the family warm through the night.

Then Wednesday morning, dozens more people stepped in to help Brooks by donating money, blankets and warm clothes for her children.

"I'm so grateful for that, you really don't know how I feel right now, because I didn't know where I was gonna get it from," Brooks said Wednesday.

One woman saw the story on WBRZ's app and decided to help even more. Christina Douczer said her company, Quality Transport, has decided to adopt the Brooks family for Christmas.

"It touched me, because I'm able to do it for my children, I want someone else to have everything that I have, for their children as well," said Douczer.

Now Brooks won't have to worry about the heat as much and can focus on warming the lives of her children.

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