Customers’ generosity surprises woman who lost everything in fire

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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."


  • blahblah

    Ole crack head katie lol..she probally started the fire..has anyone checked..stripper methhead..pretty sure she dosnt even have that first kid…and 2 nd child a product of her job…….wow!!!!!!!!

    • Shannon

      These people were doing what we all should be doing. They had the urge to help someone who was less fortunate than themselves. That – and there is only one way you can see it – is a good thing. Were they supposed to run a background check on the woman before they acted on what their hearts were telling them what to do? I don’t think so. If someone has a strong urge, I’m thinking there must be a reason for it. There are many reasons that could have prevented them from acting kindly. I say BRAVO that they responded to the urge to help. Karma can be explained away all too easy. But, in my soon to be 56 years, I can only speak for what I have learned. and Karma will follow you like a bloodhound Dude. I am absolutely positive that these people’s kindness will come back to them…no matter who the woman in the story is.

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