10 September 2008 11:58 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hustle + Flow star Taraji P. Henson was so devastated by the sight of families struggling in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when she filmed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button in New Orleans, Louisiana, she 'adopted' a single mother and her kids.

The actress, a single mother herself, admits she couldn't just buy toys for the homeless kids or offer support, she had to get involved in rescuing the family from despair.

Henson tells WENN, "This woman lost everything during Katrina and came back and got her little apartment. 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."

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