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Star of the upcoming film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Taraji P. Henson showed her humanitarian side when she “adopted” a struggling family in New Orleans recently.

Henson – who made her name as star of 2005’s Hustle & Flow – said she didn’t want to just donate toys and goods to the single mother and her two children, but wanted to become actively involved in rescuing them from their desperate situation.

“This woman lost everything during Katrina and came back and got her little apartment,” said the actress. “She had two daughters she was raising by herself and then her apartment caught on fire, so she lost everything twice. I wanted to give her something besides toys – because where would they put it? They didn’t have anywhere to stay. So I collected three months’ worth of rent to make sure she got a place to stay.”

The 37-year-old actress is also a single mother, and says that she could understand and relate to the family’s problems.

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