Rehab center helps raise money to help family rebuild after fire

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POSTED: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 1:05pm

UPDATED: Sunday, January 8, 2012 - 4:28pm

Perfect strangers help give a Baton Rouge family with a chance to rebuild their lives after a fire burns their home.

"I love my new family,” Shantelle Maze, one of the family members who lost her home in a fire, said. “They are so sweet. I wish I could go home with them."

On Tuesday, Shantelle Mays lost everything. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, she gained a new family - the residents at the Drug and Alcohol Rehab Center.

Centikor raised money for the mother of two after the home she lived in was destroyed by a fire.

"I'm so excited,” Maze said. “I don't know what to do. I thought I was going to get no help, but we did in Jesus’ name."

The residents raised $13-hundred through car washes, wrapping gifts and a $20 allowance each of them receives just once a year.

"We have a saying here, ‘in order to keep it you have to give back,’” Christopher Foster, a resident at the rehab center, explained. “So to see that to see someone receiving a gift that's going to alter their life, that's going to change their Christmas, it's a life altering thing in order for someone to be able to provide things they need that they lost due to the fire."

And having gone through tough times like fighting to overcome his substance abuse, Foster knows how much a helping hand really means.

"It'll be a means to peace,” he said. “It'll give them a spirit of peace, and kind of relax a little bit and knowing that they have that to do something with."

And Maze can barely express in words how much the generosity of Foster and the rest of her new family of more120 people makes her feel.

"I am so excited and blessed from having help from everybody. Me, my sister, our kids."

Maze says the money will help put a roof over her and her family's head for Christmas.

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