SOUTHPORT -- Here at NewsChannel 3 we want to help make some holiday wishes come true. There are so many struggling families right here in our community, and this time of year can be especially hard. NewsChannel 3 picked six families to help this season. It's been a bit of a rough year for this Southport family. Dwayne had surgery on his leg and is out of work on disability. Cozetta works as a waitress, but doesn't earn enough on her own to make ends meet. They say they've managed, thanks in large part to the generosity of their neighbors. "My neighbor has been helping us, she's stayed with my husband, she's cooked dinner, I also helped cook dinner for them, we both alternate homes where we're going," Cozatta said. Despite the setbacks this year, four-year-old Maelynn and 11-year-old Keysey are still smiling. Especially, when they saw a few of the Christmas gifts we brought with us. On top of the toys and clothes, we also brought gift certificates to the mall so the kids could get shoes and another for Food Lion, to make sure they have plenty to eat on Christmas Day. But perhaps most important for Cozetta were the gifts we brought for the neighbors -- who have helped them so much this year, despite having three small kids of their own to provide for. "Neighbors helping neighbors to get to the point where, we started out as strangers, and became more neighborly, and become more like one family," Cozatta said. "I just want to say thank you, and thank you to all of the people who helped make this possible." We'd like to thank our holiday miracle sponsors: SunTrust, Home Mortgage of the Carolinas, Blitz Research, Ronnie Alston Auto Sales and Chic-Fil-A for helping us make this happen.
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