Classmate holiday help

By Trent Faris - bio | email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - With the economy hitting everyone this year Christmas - for some families - might not have happened if it weren't for some help from others.  So this will be a Christmas to remember for the Cox Family. 

"They've made our Christmas a little better they really did," said Darlene Cox.

Last October Cox's husband's hours were cut from 40 hours to 20.  Bills piled up and they lost their home.   They eventually had to move into a hotel.

Darlene's son Josh also felt the pain.  He says he would get picked on at his school for wearing the same clothes all the time.

Jackie Hester had Chorus with Josh.

"I felt like I wanted to do something to help cause I would want somebody to help me if I were in the same situation," said Hester.

So Jackie talked to his mom Tiffany Washington about what was going on.

"He comes home and he questions is this something that we should be doing, is there someone we need to call what do we need to do," said Washington.

Washington got her friends and clients from work to pitch in with gifts for Josh and his family.

"They didn't know anything about him other than his sizes," said Washington.  "And in all honesty and it didn't even matter that he was white because it didn't matter to him (Jackie)."

"There's just been so much giving and helping since then," said Cox.

Friday, Tiffany and Josh invited the Cox's to spend Christmas with them.  The experience has been overwhelming for Darlene.

It just blew me away that there was actually one child in this world who was willing to give of his self," said Cox.

"I've never had this happen to me before," said Josh Cox.

"This is what Jackie loves to do, and I couldn't ask for anything better in a son" said Washington."

Jackie doesn't want any recognition, he just hopes his actions will pay it forward.

"Like I reach out to him maybe everybody will see you can't judge a book by it's color so it's good to be friends with somebody and help others," said Hester.