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A homeless mother of four gets helping hand from community

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A veteran mother of four struggling for a new start says she now has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

The mother and four children under the age of 11 have been living in their car and at the local shelter since they left a bad family situation in Memphis several months ago.

Imagine leaving your life behind knowing it was what was best for your kids. Then coming to a new city and not being able to put a roof over your children's heads despite getting a new job.

That is the nightmare Alexandria Davis has been living.

But Friday night she walked into the generosity of strangers to find a home just in time for the holidays.

Alexandria knew she was getting a place to stay. What she didn't know is the community made sure she had everything she needed to go in it.

A room for her kids to sleep and play and simply be children.

And a fully stocked kitchen to feed them.

"There will be someone coming over Sunday to bring you some more beds, furniture, dressers, dining room table . . ." explained Candis Wolff who organized the donations.

"What in the world? Why me?" asked a choked up Alexandria.

"Not even my own family helps me in any way. I am new here. I don't know a soul. To be blessed to have somewhere to lay our heads tonight, it is amazing. I didn't think I would get any help. I thought it would be months before I found anywhere to stay. We've been living in the truck for about a month, so getting to work and getting the kids to school it has been kind of complicated," said Alexandria.

In the light of their new Christmas tree, life for this family is a little bit brighter.

"I just felt like Christmas wasn't going to be the same because we are so used to something different. We are in a new city. I don't know anyone. I just knew I wasn't going to get to buy them anything. They weren't going to have a tree. . . . We are blessed. Just thank you guys. Thank you so much. We have somewhere to lay our heads tonight," said Alexandria.

The group Taking Back Waterloo is responsible for giving Alexandria and her children a fresh start.

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