5 On Your Side

Family gets furniture in act of kindness from a stranger

Posted July 18, 2012

— Kennedy Kibe and Sue Hill just met for the first time.

Hill contacted 5 On Your Side after seeing Kennedy's struggle with RoomStore. He made $1,000 worth of payments to the furniture company for a couch set. But when he went to make the final payment last week, he found out the store had shut down-- the company was in bankruptcy.

He figured he was in for an uphill battle, bankruptcy court and saving again for months.

Those plans changed when Sue Hill came along.

"I'm thinking she must be blessed," Kennedy said. "You're not going to find a lot of people just doing that!"

Sue contacted friends at Rolesville Furniture and paid $1,000 toward furniture for Kennedy and his family.

"He was an honest, hard-working person, and I just thought if I can help, I should help," she said.

RoomStore act of kindness Family gets furniture in act of kindness from a stranger

"This is because of you," Kennedy said to her.

Kennedy and his wife picked out a comfy couch and love seat. And we like how he plans to use it.

"I'm going to watch WRAL news, and see what's going on," he said.

Their son, Allan, already seems right at home.

"I'm so grateful about it," Mercy Kibe said. "I say God bless her so much."

Hill had one request of Kibe: "Just pay it forward in your way, and I think that's what we have to do."

"She's made a real difference," Kennedy said. "She's a kind woman, she's a special woman."


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Jul 20, 2012

    Hill had one request of Kibe: "Just pay it forward in your way, and I think that's what we have to do."


    If all would do that instead of some always being so greedy and grabby, this world would be a better place.

    Kudos to her!!!

  • Pepe Silvia Jul 20, 2012

    I hope everyone reading this is inspired to do their own "random act of kindness" today.

    Consider buying the coffee/food for the person behind you in line in a drive-thru, or putting a $5 gift card in your mailbox for your mailperson to buy themselves lunch.

    You don't even have to spend money... simply acknowledge that here are people around you and appreciate them: don't just grunt out "fine" when a cashier asks how you are but smile and ask how they are as well, hold open a door, let someone merge in traffic, smile and thank your office's cleaning person for the job they do ... the world would be a much better place if people would just be kind to each other.

  • North Carolina Cutie Jul 20, 2012

    It is nice to pay it forward when you can.

  • Con Amor brings luv and laughter Jul 20, 2012

    When the story of all of the losses first aired, I wished I had the money to help.. I am thankful that someone did, and that they helped. What a wonderful way to spread love. May she get it back 10 fold, and may her kindness be played forward.

  • amandajeanda Jul 20, 2012

    WRAL should run more stories like this. Gives you hope that all's not lost in this crazy world.

  • sthiggs Jul 19, 2012

    Now that is a wonderful story.

  • Working4aLiving Jul 19, 2012

    She is very amazing....we should all use her as an example to follow!

  • blahblahblah Jul 19, 2012

    To everyone on here who is saying we need more people like her, be the next "angel" to someone. It doesn't have to be $1000. I like to pay for groceries of a stranger or at a take out counter or gas station. If you are not the change you want in the world, then nothing will change.

  • storchheim Jul 19, 2012

    If only we could ALL stop fighting each other along racial or politcal lines and help each other out, we'd be a stronger nation. We need to turn our backs on anyone who incites hatred or distrust.

  • jcbarber6 Jul 19, 2012

    What an amazing woman! Great example for our future generations. No good deed goes un-noticed that is for sure :)