Grandmother of 8 gives thanks after receiving donations for rent

<p>The family of a single mom from Bridgeport who left eight kids behind when she died in September thanked News 12 Connecticut Saturday for what they are calling &quot;a holiday miracle.&quot;</p>

News 12 Staff

Nov 25, 2017, 5:48 PM

Updated 2,377 days ago

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The family of a single mom from Bridgeport who left eight kids behind when she died in September thanked News 12 Connecticut Saturday for what they are calling "a holiday miracle."
Judith Zapata's daughter Angela Zapata died suddenly in September after suffering an aneurysm. Judith was left to care for her daughter's children.
Zapata, who is waiting for a liver transplant, says she was suddenly overwhelmed by the crushing financial responsibility of raising her daughter's kids and doubted that she could actually pull it off. 
She then learned from News 12 Connecticut that Joe Kaliko, of the Needs Clearing House, might be able to help.
Kaliko put together a coalition of nonprofit organizations and presented Zapata Saturday morning with a $5,000 check for rent, bills, and even Christmas presents. He says the grandmother only asked for a small amount of assistance, but he decided to give much more when he learned about the family's situation.
"She is a really loving grandmother and it really makes me feel great having been able to assist her in taking care of the family," said Kaliko. 
"It's a blessing, and I'm thankful for everyone, especially News 12 Connecticut," said Zapata. 
Mayor Joe Ganim said the generosity shown by the nonprofit organizations Helping Hands Outreach, Mothers for Others, Al's Angels, and Amy's Angel's has helped the children begin recovering from their mother's tragic death.


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