Friend passes it on to family whose house was burglarized while they attended funeral

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MILLINGTON, Tenn. --  This week's Pass It On is another one of those "when it rains, it pours" stories, and in our recipient's case, there's nothing she could do about any of it.

By now you know we don't allow family relatives to Pass It On to each other, but church family? Well, that's different.

This week's playmaker is Alsia Tims, who tells us she's got a very deserving family, the Sumpters.

Janie Sumpter has survived brain cancer and most recently a broken foot, but last week her father died, and he had no life insurance. And it gets worse.

"They went home after the funeral to change clothes and went to check on her mom and someone had broken into their house and cleared them out," Alsia said.

Three TVs; jewelry, including a 100-year-old watch; a video game system; and even her kids' baby teeth. The burglars also broke a door and window.

Janie was still limping from that broken foot when she arrives at Alsia's Millington office, thinking she's meeting her friend to get some food from the church.

But when Janie walks in, Alsia tells her she's about to get $600.

"Thank you. I don't know what to say. You're going to make me cry," Janie said.

Tuesday morning, Janie came by News Vhannel 3. She said some insurance money for the break-in just came through, and then gave back half the money so we could Pass It On to someone else.

As it turns out, there's a family with young children that was recently the victim of a terrible crime. They wouldn't want the publicity, but could absolutely use the help, so we've arranged to give it to them.


  • Gary

    Wow good story and really nice for them to give back very unselfish,these crooks don’t have any mercy ,they do not care what kind of predicament you are in they just care about themselves ,hope they catch them and give them long sentences.

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