The Chukwu family, who gave birth to the first-known octuplets, one of which died a week after birth, put out a call for donations when the children were born in Texas in 1998. It worked: They received cash contributions, volunteer help with child care, a year's worth of grocery and diaper donations and more.
Nkem Chukwu, the octuplets' mother, said the support the family received after the birth proved critical. She said the California octuplets' family should also ask for help.
"They need help. They need support from their community, from their church," she said.
And, she added, they have to "take it easy, just one day at a time."
With reports from ABC News' Joanna Schaffhausen, Gina Sunseri and Emily Friedman.