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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- Most people's lights were back on in northern Smith County by Wednesday night. But the power outage was especially tough for one family. Now they're looking for help.

Inside a house near Tyler State Park you'll find a family that's bigger than just the husband, wife and son who live there.

"[My son was] born healthy, normal, and at about six months of age he became sick," Rachel Moreno said. "And he's what brought it into my heart to take care of special needs children."

Seven years later Moreno runs a foster home for kids with serious medical disabilities. Ethel Jackson and Evelyn Watson are full time nurses who say there's nothing they'd rather do than take care of these kids.

"It's just something very special about them," Jackson said. "It's a blessing. And it's just a very fulfilling job."

The problem Tuesday night was once the power went out the machines that keep some of the children alive were useless.

"I mean lights went out and we were in evacuation mode," Moreno said.

"My patient is a bilateral amputee," Watson said. "And it's difficult for us to lift him."

Jackson volunteered her own house as a place of refuge.

"You know my house is not handicap accessible but we made it work," Jackson said.

Now that they're back home this family is looking for at least one good Samaritan with some left over Christmas spirit.

"I hope and pray that someone will help us with an in-home generator for the children," Moreno said.

Moreno said they've been given smaller generators in the past. But those burn out quickly because of the large amount of power the medical machines use.

They're hoping to get something a little more heavy duty.

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