Couple helps family beleaguered by financial difficulties

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Chances are you have several people who come into your life on a regular basis for years. Maybe it’s the person at the car wash, the person who cuts your hair, the check-out person at the grocery store, or your child’s coach.

Time marches on and you get to know them pretty well, hear about their highs and lows.

When they need a little extra help, that’s when you want to Pass It On, just like tonight’s playmaker, Wasim Kohkhar

Wasim is a Shelby County engineer, and his wife Valarie is a teacher. They’ve had the same lady clean their house in Cordova for ten years.

During the last year, their friend has had a full plate.

“Her husband has a medical condition with his heart, and going to the doctor and paying bills has been difficult financially for them. But she’s been faithful, she works really hard, and she will not complain.”

Even though Diane Morris could complain a lot.

She cleans homes all week long, providing the only income since her husband, Booker, lost his job as a driver for a construction company last year.

That’s when he got the double diagnoses of diabetes and congestive heart failure. Then just two months ago, they learned he now has COPD.

When we surprise Diane with $800, she has plenty of hugs and tears to share. Booker alsocomes to the door to say thanks, but Wasim says that’s not necessary.
That’s what passing it on is all about.

“It’s fantastic,” Wasim said. “Five years ago, I lost my job and I know with a big family how difficult it is, so I’m glad we could do something for somebody else.”

Another way Wasim and his wife have passed it on is through referrals. Diane has a few more customers now based on the couple’s recommendations.

2 comments

  • whitedemonsandblkfools

    Wasim you are a class act and for somebody DIRECTLY in your life shows you take care of the ppl around you.

  • donthidebehindurscreen

    Such a great story in the middle of this crappy city…nice to know there are still good people out there.

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