11Alive "adopts" a family in need

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  • 11Alive brought Christmas to a family in need,.

CANTON - They say Christmastime is the season of giving, yet so many of people are too busy putting together their own "wish lists" to think of those in need.

We're trying to change that at 11Alive.

Several of our colleagues at 11Alive found out about a Cherokee County family who attend the 11Alive Rachel's Challenge: Celebration of Kindness and Service event on 11-11-11.

After leaving the event, while riding on the school bus from Freedom Middle School, Allison Rhodes saw smoke.

"I received the phone call from him (my husband) saying the house was already engulfed in flames," said Allison. "We were two minutes from the school. It was the longest two minutes of my life."

Investigators believe the fire started in the attic from some undetermined cause. The family of four lost everything.

In addition to Allison and Byron, the family includes Tori, 16, Emily, 14, Carson, 8 and Camden, 3.

The Networks of 11Alive adopted the Rhodes as our Angel Tree family - and employees from every department bought gifts to help bring Christmas to their temporary home in an apartment.

The staff not only bought gifts for each member of the family, we surprised them with a visit from the Snow Angel from Stone Mountain Park's who gave the family tickets to "Snow Mountain".

In addition, the folks with Cavalia's Odysseo gave them tickets to a show during its run in Atlanta.

The World of Coke also donated tickets.

From Kroger, they received $150 in gift cards to help with their holiday meals.

Finally, the Braves provided an autographed picture of Chipper Jones and other signed memorabilia. The team also enlisted help from one of their sponsors, Academy Sports, which gave the family a $1000 shopping spree.

"I think it's awesome and I'm really grateful for it," said Carson. "I knew we would have a great Christmas".

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