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FOX 10 helps reunite families who receive an early Christmas

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Last week, we reported on a family who inspired a community by refusing to let their disabilities stop them.

A valley woman saw our story and called FOX 10 in tears -- she had been searching for the family for a year.

This woman helped the family out last Christmas and vowed to continue helping them, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the families lost contact -- she worried it was forever until she saw them on the news last week.

While the Cotoia family unloaded gifts outside, we went inside to get the Zepeda family.

Last week, we showed you the Zepeda family's inspiring story.  Both parents are blind.  They have three children.  Their oldest daughter is legally blind in one eye after fighting an inherited eye cancer.

The Zepedas let us follow them around, showing how they don't let their disability slow them down, yet they do have challenges beyond their sight -- the family of five lives off social security -- money is tight.

"Usually, one check goes right to the rent.. the rest bills, electric," said Adelina Zepeda.

After our story aired, Jacquline Cotoia contacted us, wanting to find the family.

On Monday, Cotoia brought her entire family -- their arms filled with gifts for the Zepedas.

Cotoia used to see the Zepedas out walking and wanted to help.  Last Christmas, she and her co-workers gathered gifts for the family.

"I promised I'd be in touch. I think we talked a couple other times, then my phone broke," she said.

"We've always thought about her," said Adelina.

Cotoia lost the family's number and the Zepedas moved.  She had been searching for them ever since until she saw them featured on FOX 10.

"And I saw you on and my husband thought I was going nuts because I was like, I found them, I found them," said Jacquline.

On Monday, it wasn't just Christmas for the Zepeda family.

"It's Christmas for me too.. look at you.. you're so big," said Cotoia.

"I'm very thankful that everyone is helping us out, especially around the holidays.  It does get difficult with two birthdays in December, plus Christmas and we don't work, so I'm very grateful for everything and the blessings falling down on us," said Adelina.

Right now, Marco Zepeda is going to massage school, a common career in the blind community. 

The Cotoias also gave the parents some gift cards and cash to help them out.

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