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Father Needs Help After His Seven Kids Are Left Motherless

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – If 'seven' is supposed to be heaven, then Tymon Drisdom will need divine intervention and the patience of a saint to deal with all that he's been dealt.

A little more than a week ago, his seven children, three girls and four boys were living with their mother Dorita Boyd.

But while shopping for groceries Boyd passed out.

"Once I got to the store I saw the paramedics leaving so I ran inside and they had the kids upstairs. That's when I found out what took place. They rushed her to the hospital," Drisdom told CBS4's Joan Murray.

Boyd died two days later of a stroke. She was only 33. At that point, Drisdom decided the children would live with him.

"It's something you don't plan on or think about as a parent. I pray to God he will help me. He didn't do this for no reason," said Drisdom.

As he deals with school schedules and the children's basic needs, Drisdom has been getting support from his mother and sister.

His sister Kyra Armstrong has reached out to everyone she knows to get the children help.

"I'm just reaching out to anyone to help. Nothing is too little. Even a pair of socks," said Armstrong.

The children don't even have beds.

"It would be nice to have my own bed. More comfortable than a sleeping bag," said Tymon Drisdom, Junior.

"I am so proud of him. Most men would have turned the other way, but my brother's first thought was, I'm not going to separate my kids," said Armstrong.

One of the organization's that has answered the appeal is the 'The Touch a Heart Foundation' which adopts families in need.

Over the weekend, founder Debbie Perlman took some of the kids shopping for pillows, blankets and towels.

"We saw the picture of the kids in the hospital with their mother, it was so sad. We had to help," said Perlman.

Tymon Drisdom is taking things one day at a time.

"For the most part I'm trying to keep them embraced with love teaching them to help each other out and learning to embrace each other," he said. "Sometimes I don't know where the help will come from. I just keep my faith in God."

If you would like to help this family, please contact or call them at (305) 597-4404.

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