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RACINE -- Just days before Christmas, a Racine family lost everything they own as their house burned to the ground. However, through the generosity of the community, the Martinez family has a reason to celebrate this Christmas.

The Martinez family didn't anticipate spending Christmas in a hotel room, with little to no extra clothes. But after their Racine home was destroyed by a fire Friday, December 21st, they had no other choice. 

"It just hit me right there that we lost everything. You could see the windows were busted and everything was black and it was unbelievable," Cassy Martinez said.

After the family's story was featured on FOX6 News over the weekend, they received an outpouring of support from the community.

"Saturday morning, my phone was ringing off the hook. They wanted to know what sizes the girls were and what size me and my husband were. They said people were dropping off things every five minutes," Martinez said.

As six-year-old Angelica and three-year-old Paula woke up on Christmas Day, they were in for a big surprise!

So many presents were donated for the girls and their parents, The Radisson Hotel in Racine had a special room set up for them to celebrate Christmas. From bikes to toys, clothes and books, there was plenty to smile about!

"I'm so thankful for everyone helping my kids because I didn't think I was going to be able to give them a Christmas this year," Martinez said.

As the little ones tore open their gifts, they were overjoyed.

"I feel happy because Santa came to give us these presents because our house is already burned. We don't have nothing in there," Angelica said.

A family that thought Santa might forget them this year, is now grateful for what they've been given and the kind hearts in their community that made it happen.

The Martinez family will be staying at the Radisson Hotel until January 2nd, and then they will move into a temporary home.

If you would like to make a donation to the Martinez family, you can contact the Radisson Hotel in Racine at (262) 632-7777.

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