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Nov 13, 2013 11:29 PM by Akeam Ashford

Lafayette Family Gets Early Christmas Gift

As everyone gets ready for the upcoming holiday season, one Lafayette family got an unexpected boost to make their holiday season even more cheerful.

Wanda Savoy was out grocery shopping one day when she lost her purse and more importantly what was inside. In it was the down payment she was using to buy her first home through Habitat for Humanity.

"I had no money. How was I supposed to get gifts for my kids," Savoy said.

Saving up the money was an extra burden. After hearing about her ordeal, UL student Alexandra Dardar with Beta Alpha Psi Professional Honors Society wanted to help.

"This position has completely proven that giving back to the community is so much more important than receiving and doing any other thing," sayd Dardar.

Typically, the group raises enough money to buy Christmas presents for a family. This year, the group set their sights on the Savoy family, surprising them with groceries.

Habitat for Humanity will begin building the Savoy's home in early March.

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