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UPDATE: Local pre-schoolers give surprise Christmas to family rescued from house fire

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UPDATE: A special delivery for one Chattanooga family. 

"This is what Christmas is all about," Edward Cunningham, also known as 'Mr. E,' said. 

Mr. E carries a bike, doll house and other gifts wrapped by some of Santa's smallest elves-- His three and four-year-old pre-school class at Little Miss Mag Early Learning Center. 

They donated these gifts to Rhonda Waldon and her six kids after losing everything in a fire two weeks ago. 

"The kids are running and smiling. Man, my heart is warm," Waldon said. 

"Helping others. We didn't know who they were. And I feel like that's what we should do on Christmas," Cunningham said. 

Waldon says the out pour of support since the fire has been tremendous. She now has a new place to live and is slowly putting the pieces back together. 

"Kids clothes, kids shoes, kids toys. Clothes for me, clothes for my boyfriend, he lives with us too. Furniture, food," she said, "I don't have enough thanking in me, but I want to thank everybody."

And now her kids will have something to unwrap on Christmas Day.


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Edward Cunningham, or Mr. E's, pre-school class at Little Miss Mag daycare spent the morning helping wrap presents they bought for a family who lost everything in a fire two weeks ago.

It happened at a home on 7th Avenue the morning of December 7. The parents were at work but a 25-year-old family member woke up to the sound of a baby crying and rescued the four young children inside, ages 4, 3, 2, and 1. The family's two other children were not home at the time.

"That story, I saw it like two days after it happened and I said that's who I want the presents to go to," said Mr. E. "The parents was on the way to work, that guy helped carry the kids out of the house, who knows how many presents they had gotten and lost under that tree."

Mr. E's class usually donates Christmas presents to a non-profit but this year he decided to send them directly to the family affected by the fire.

His class of three and four-year-olds bought presents, brought them to school Tuesday and helped wrap them for the family. He said he wants to instill good values in his young students while teaching them that the entire Chattanooga community is a family, as is his class.

"There's some many negative things going on in our city this year, I just want to enlighten the city on a positive story," he said.

Mr. E will drop the gifts off with the family Wednesday evening with a video Christmas greeting from his class.

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