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DECATUR: Grandma raising seven loses home in fire
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DECATUR, Ga. -- A grandmother in Decatur is in need of some heroes after disaster took her out of her home just a month ago.

"I always look at it as, 'There's somebody worse than we are,''" said Jackie Woods.

This comes from a woman sitting in the only chair she has left, living in a house in Decatur because her old home was burned out completely in an electrical fire.

And there's one other note about Ms. Woods: she's a grandmother working part-time, raising seven grandkids by herself.

"We do what we can," said Woods, "but we keep each other... laughing."

It was tough to keep laughing when less than a month ago, Ms. Woods and her grandkids lost their home, all their furniture, and all their old photos -- everything except each other.

Help has come from Project Healthy Grandparents, an effort to help the more than 100,000 grandparents in Georgia raising grandkids. They found Ms. Woods a home in Decatur, but it's very temporary, and it's barely the beginning of what her family needs.

But there's one thing this grandma doesn't need: any extra determination.

"I'm there for them, and they are there for me," Ms. Woods sai. "I just love them more and more every day."

If you would like to help Ms. Woods, donations can be sent to the following address:

Woods Fire Family Fund
c/o Melvin Burrell, Jr.
BB&T North DeKalb Branch
2175 Lawrenceville Highway
Decatur, GA 30033

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