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Donations pour in after soldier's home ransacked

Posted January 5, 2011

— A soldier and his family, whose new Raeford home was burglarized while they spent the holidays out of town, were surprised by a flood of donations they've received to help them replace their stolen appliances and their sense of safety.

Army Sgt. Jason Kenney said his family was scared after the home they were moving into was ransacked. His daughter wondered if the "bad man" would come back.

But WRAL News aired a story about the break-in, prompting generous viewers to come forward with support, and now Kenney's three children are learning a different lesson.

"There's good people out there. They need to know that," Kenney said.

One man sent a check for $3,000, which Kenney used to buy a new washer and dryer.

"Ten dollars would have been a nice gesture from somebody and I would have been grateful, but $3,000? That's a big sum of money," he said. 

Soldier receives donations after thieves ransack house Soldier receives donations after thieves ransack house

Kenney returned home from a year in Afghanistan Nov. 22. It was his third tour of duty.

On Jan. 2, the Kenneys came home from several weeks in New Hampshire visiting family to find someone had kicked in the back door of their house. Their washer, dryer, television and other items they had already moved in were gone. 

Their gate was swung wide open. Kenney said he thinks that's where the robber or robbers backed up a truck to load the loot.

"It's not how you want to start off the New Year," he said.

Hoke County sheriff's investigators said they found fingerprints at the scene, but they are not releasing any information about possible suspects.

Kenney is stationed at Fort Bragg.


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  • j-lo93 Jan 6, 2011

    what an inspiring story :) love it!

  • shall3 Jan 6, 2011

    Now Good luck if the Sheriffs department goes any further with the finger prints....didnt help in my case! We are fortunate that there are still some good people out there that actually have a heart and are willing to help others.

  • BigUNCFan Jan 6, 2011

    $3000 is a very generous individual. That is outstanding.

  • rufiedufie Jan 6, 2011

    this is so cool.

  • ttc248 Jan 6, 2011

    Thank you, Mike, and your family for service to our country. I appreciate your sacrifices on my behalf. I do not take lightly what you and thousands of others including my nieces and nephew, who do this every day. Your giving helps protect the freedoms which we enjoy every day. God Bless you and your family.

  • amyc74 Jan 6, 2011

    Thank you so much for your service to your country. I am a former military wife and know how hard the struggle is just paying bills each month as well as having to see your spouse away from the family for long periods of time. So this would have been devastating had the community not been so generous. God bless them and you. Happy new year!

  • b4jesus2 Jan 6, 2011

    Thank you Mike and all others that has served in the military.....past and present.

  • MECU0905 Jan 6, 2011

    That is awesome!

  • srk0957 Jan 6, 2011

    I hope that the man who donated the money to my Son and his family knows just how much it meant to them. Like Jason said it was a HUGE amount of money. It has helped them tremendously. It's wonderful to know that there are so many really GOOD, KIND, CARING people in the world. WRAL you've got terrific viewers! Thank You Mr. Anonymous and to all who have posted such kind comments. God Bless You All.

  • 27615 Jan 6, 2011

    That's awesome!