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Family gets furniture in act of kindness from a stranger

Kennedy Kibe lost $1,000 when RoomStore filed for bankruptcy, but a woman who learned of his story wanted to make it right.

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ROLESVILLE, N.C. — 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.

"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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