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Canton Church Throws Birthday Party For Three Year Old Evacuee

Cake, ice cream and a bounce house. A shelter at a church in Canton had that and much more for a three-year-old Louisiana girl to celebrate her birthday. Church members wanted to make sure the toddler would have a special day, despite her family's situation.

"We had a party all planned for Saturday, but everything got washed away," said Taye Brown, Titi's mom. After the storm hit, the little girl's family expected to have a small celebration, at most. "We were looking to make sure that she's got food and clothing, let alone a party."

When members of the "First Baptist Church" found out yesterday about Titi's birthday, they got to work and put together a party with a theme. "We've got a Dora playhouse, Dora cookies, Dora coloring books," said Brown, pointing out it's her daughter's favorite cartoon character. Church members also brought presents, lots of them.

Other evacuees said the celebration helped them take their mind off the harsh reality back home in Louisiana. "To me it's like a big get together." said New Orleans evacuee, Kellers Billiot. Brown agreed. "I think it's a good time for not only our family but the other families to rally around something positive when everything's so bleak."

Oralia Ortega reporting, ortega@kltv.com

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