Customers’ generosity surprises woman who lost everything in fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — People can have an impact on our lives when we least expect it, and such is the case for a law firm in downtown Memphis whose employees are anxious to help out someone they buy lunch from all the time.

This is an example of how $600 can make a big difference especially when circumstances have left you with next to nothing.

Legal secretary Joann Howerton and intern Josh Bradley are wanting to Pass It On to Katie Briggs, a manager at the Lenny’s sub shop downstairs whose Midtown apartment recently caught fire, destroying everything she and her two sons, ages 8 and 4, owned.

The law office has already helped some, but they want to do more.

When our playmakers Pass It On, they tell Katie they hope it will help. She says it absolutely will.

“Very grateful,” she said. “It’s been very frustrating and very scary. It’s getting better.”

The fire actually started in the duplex next door, so Katie says she had no warning her life was about to be turned upside down.

“I’d just gotten in from Home Depot and I smelled smoke,” she said.

Firefighters saved her life, and now people she barely knows are coming to her rescue again.

“I’m just shocked somebody would do something nice for me,” she said.

But the way these playmakers feel about Katie, she shouldn’t be.

“I’ve had things given to me before, and it was about being able to help someone less fortunate than I.”

“It’s what we’re here for. It’s what people should be doing. It feels fantastic.”

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