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Virginia Beach flood victim stunned by generosity of News 3 viewers!

Posted at 11:15 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 23:15:47-05

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - We first met Arlene Mintah in October, not long after being flooded out of her home at the Waypoint at Lynnhaven Apartments.

Mintah was fighting back tears during that interview. "I don`t want to cry anymore because we just moved here.  As soon as we`re settled, and then this...I don`t want to cry anymore; I don`t want the kids to see me crying."

About a week later, we paid her another visit to give her a $300 Southern Bank gift car donated by a complete stranger. She told us she was going to give half the money to a woman who lived across the street.

Some News 3 viewers saw that interview and were amazed that this pregnant mother of three, who had lost everything, wanted to share that $300 gift card with another flood victim.

Viewer Debbie Hawkins  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, "Oh God--it means a lot!"

Another viewer, who wished to remain anonymous, also wanted to take action and showed up with $1,000 in cash for Arlene and her family.

The generosity, overwhelming, but so deserving.

Since our last interview with Arlene, she had her baby, they have found a new place to live and the family is doing well - thanks in part to our wonderful News 3 viewers.