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BATON ROUGE - Some News 2 viewers are spreading the holiday cheer for a family whose house was destroyed by a fire.

It was a special delivery to help kick off the true spirit of the season. It's a bare Christmas tree. And in the eyes of a child, it's a symbol of hope and wishes for the season. For her mother Daphne Brooks, it's a symbol of hope in the midst of hard times.

"Oh it means a lot," Brooks said. "We don't have a tree. I appreciate it. All my kids will get around it and decorate it."

The tree was donated by Lloyd and Lettie Mae Young. With seven children and 12 grandchildren, they know a thing or two about children and Christmas. They wanted to help in any way they could.

"I looked at the kids and they had lost everything," Lloyd said. "So I said I at least have a tree (to give them). May not have everything but at least they'll have a tree for Christmas."

"I always seen them (children) happy knowing we're about to put the tree up," Lettie Mae said. "That gives them hope. Santa is coming. That's a wonderful thing."

Brooks and her family are starting over from scratch after a house fire. The Young's know the feeling. They also lost everything in a house fire a decade ago.

"Now I want to help someone else and pass that on," Lettie Mae said. "I wish I could do more, but thank God I can at least do that."

The help was received with gratitude.

"Thank you. I really really appreciate it, for you helping me out," Brooks said.



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