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Christmas comes early for local family with sick child with some help from Gardner-White

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Jason Carr
FOX 2 News

DETROIT (WJBK) -- As the Williams family is led outside by an elf, little do they know a Christmas surprise is about to happen. They think they're outside to unload a few packages from a car.

But thanks to the help of others, the family was treated to an extra special surprise; turning an empty house into a furnished home. And it all started thanks to a special nine-year-old named Daniel.

"I had to stop working which means I have no income," said Tina Williams, a single mother of five caring for Daniel, recently diagnosed with cancer.

With no income, Williams couldn't afford to furnish their new apartment. When things seemed darkest, the Bottomless Toy Chest stepped in. The non-profit provides toys for pediatric cancer patients. "When we heard about their story, we knew their need was much greater than toys," said Mickey Guisewite.

That's when Gardner-White Furniture answered the call. "As soon as we heard, we knew we had to help," said Pamela George, director of store operations at Garnder-White. "A family in need of furniture? What better marriage is there?"

The family's once-empty living and bedrooms are now ready for Christmas thanks to Garder-White's donation. Birmingham Brother Rice's varsity hockey team, along with UBS Financial Services of Troy, even chipped in with presents for the under the Christmas tree.

"I think today shows us what the holiday season is all about," said Guisewite.

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