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Bronx father, homeless for years, wins $11,000 from PIX11 News

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HIGHBRIDGE, The Bronx – It’s a story of hope and redemption in the Bronx: a father who was homeless for years and recently moved into his first apartment won $11,000 from PIX11 News.

Patrick Freeman is our second Holiday Bonus Sweepstakes winner. Lisa Mateo surprised him at his apartment in the Highbridge neighborhood of the Bronx Friday.

He’d been watching the PIX11 Morning News when the show came right to his front door.

“This is definitely a blessing,” he said. “We always say, ‘You believe in God, you receive from God.’ Every day in life is not even hard when you got God.”

Freeman, the father of a 2-year-old girl, said he’d been homeless from 2000 until just recently.