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.”

Taraji P. Henson has a son named Marcel,who was born in 1995; Marcel’s father died unexpectedly in 1997.Taraji currently stars in film The Family That Preys’ ,which opens today¬†Friday, September 12.


~ by blackcelebritykids on September 12, 2008.


  1. That was very kind of her. I appreciate that she realized that toys, while great!, would be an band-aid on a gaping wound

  2. That’s wonderful of her, but it’s not really adopting it’s called sponsoring. She’s gives the money and helps them out. I really like Taraji and I can’t wait to see her new movie.

  3. She stepped up to the plate and that’s great. Kudos Taraji.

  4. That’s so nice of her. More celebrities need to do wonderful things like this with their money!

  5. […] I was very glad to read about actress Taraji P Henson adopting a family. The family she adopted had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina and then lost everything again […]

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