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Group 'adopts' inspiring blind family for Christmas

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FOX 10 first brought you a story about a family who inspired a community by not letting their disability slow them down.

After our story aired, we got an overwhelming response from people wanting to help the family this holiday season.

Some valley families came together in a big way on Sunday.

Little Amalyai Zepeda turned 4-years-old on Sunday, but it wasn't just her that got surprised.

A group of valley families got together to help the whole Zepeda family, bringing gifts and much more.

"She's going to be complete makeover--in her house, so it's exciting," said Nara Gregg, who came to help the family.

A couple weeks ago, FOX 10 showed you the Zepeda family's inspiring story.

Both parents are blind.

Their oldest daughter is legally blind in one eye.

The Zepeda's let us follow them around, showing how their disability doesn't slow them down.

"It's really hard. I don't know how she does it. She cooks from scratch, she's just amazing," said Gregg.

Yet, they do have challenges beyond their sight: the family of five lives off of social security and money is tight.

Nara Gregg coordinated Sunday's giving effort.

She knew the Zepeda family from the L. A. children's hospital where her daughter, along with Zepeda's daughter, was being treated for a rare eye cancer called retinablastoma.

"I was asking probably all these dumb questions, 'How do you cook?' 'Clean?' 'Go to school?' For a couple days, I couldn't understand," said Gregg.

Gregg told a group of friends about the Zepeda's.

"We have a moms group, about 11 families, in the past we donated to different charities," said Gayann Hutchinson.

"They were so excited to help on Christmas and said, 'Let's just adopt them for Christmas," said Gregg.

Not only did the group come with Christmas gifts, but they came with things like dressers and beds.

A church group is bringing an entire new living room set and the Zepeda's are getting almost all of their furniture replaced.

"Later on, if we have time, we're going to take her grocery shopping in the car, load her refrigerator for Christmas," said Gregg.

"It's neat paying it forward, especially this time of year, we forget what it's about," Christy Hoyt.

"It's exciting. I'm very blessed, that's all I can say," said Adelina Zepeda.

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