The two children were getting themselves ready for school when smokefrom a kitchen fire suffocated them.
Such tragedies make it difficult for parents who feel they have noother choice but to leave their children. Now a hotline in Wake Countymight help.
If you have children who must spend time alone at home, make sure theyknow the number to "Phone Friend". It is 919-231-3939.
There is guidance and support at the other end of the line for childrenwho are feeling alone or uneasy. Calls are taken between 3 and 6 p.m.weekendays.
Hotline officials say they receive about 8,000 calls each year..
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