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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When a neighbor down the street noticed a dog sitting on a porch with no dog house, she contacted The Rescue Project for help. But it turns out the dog's family needed the help even more.

Antoinette Allen lost everything in a house fire about a month ago. That’s when she, her husband, six children, and Gooch the family dog, moved to a new house.

“We wake up a couple of times during the week from laying on the floor, but it beats being homeless,” said Allen.

Despite not having much, she’s grateful for what she does have. The Rescue Project stopped by to give Gooch a kennel, but realized a greater need.

“We were able to get them living room items and some clothes and a few toys for the kids,” said Lori Lamb.

Lamb has volunteered at The Rescue Project for about a year. She spearheaded a donation drive and the volunteers stepped up. Allen said she was overwhelmed by the support, but it was the reaction of her children that made it all worth it.

“I would’ve kept sleeping on the floor or kept not having furniture in order to see the smile on their faces when everything came,” Allen said.

When Allen isn’t caring for her children, she works as a caregiver for the disabled. To actually be the one taken care of, she said, is a huge blessing.

Allen said she wants to thank all of the volunteers and let everyone know that the donations will go to good use.