Virginia Beach flood victim stunned by generosity of News 3 viewers

Posted at 4:00 AM, Nov 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-19 04:00:24-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - We first met Arlene Mintah last month, not long after being flooded out of her home at the Waypoint at Lynnhaven Apartments---she was fighting back tears.

About a week later paid her another visit to give her a $300 Southern Bank gift card---donated by a complete stranger. Her response then during that interview? She wanted to share that gift card with another flood victim.

Some of viewers saw that interview and were amazed that this mother of three---had lost everything, plus at the time was pregnant  --and wanted to share that  gift card. That made quite an impression on Debbie Hawkins, who wanted to meet Arlene, who was staying with some friends in Virginia beach. We helped make that happen and the first thing Debbie had to say, "Hi Arlene. I'm Debbie and I saw you on t-v and you shared what you had with someone else  knowing that you also are in deep need."

Debbie  and her husband Julius, owners of Southside Ground Transportation and some their clients decided they wanted to take action by showing up with $650 in gift cards. Arlene was stunned and immediately tears of thanks begin to flow.

Arlene's husband Franklin added, "We lost"

How Debbie responded was stunning, "Our card is in there if you need us. Also we may be able to help you with a car." Arlene just couldn't believe she heard that right and more tears started flowing .

Debbie's husband Julius chimed in, " It's a 1983 Lincoln Continental. It's in very good condition......put some brand new tires on there,  put a brand new battery in there and she ought to roll."

But wait, the generosity didn't stop there. Find out what happened next Sunday night on News 3 at 11.