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Fire Victims Get a New Home for the Holiday

NEWNAN, GA -- A Newnan family lost everything they owned the week before Christmas. But, their neighbors, and a generous benefactor, are making sure Christmas happens anyway.

At 88, Rosa Ransby is single-handedly raising and supporting seven great grand children.

Charred remains are all that is left of their home in Newnan's Arnco neighborhood. A fire on Tuesday night destroyed everything except Rosa Ransby's spirit.

"When you meet her, when you see her, she just has a look of a little old grandma that you know all she wants to do is take care of others and something just touched my heart and the other firefighters' hearts, and we just felt like we were going to do everything we could to give back to Ms. Ransby," said Deputy Chief Todd Moore with the Coweta County Fire Department.

Once the fire was out, Moore and his fellow firefighters went to work.
They rallied donations, and support from the local school, civic groups and neighbors for the Ransby family.

"Just had a tremendous outpouring of love and support for the Ransby family," Moore said.

Then, two days before Christmas he got a call he didn't expect.

Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry was calling and he wanted to help.

Perry met with Rosa Ransby and vowed to rent her a home for the holidays and furnish it with everything she and her great grandchildren would need for Christmas and beyond.

But, he didn't stop there.

He vowed to rebuild Rosa Ransby's house, on the same ground she's called home for 40 years.

"Having somebody like Mr. Perry, that comes from humble beginnings, to step up and give back to the community says an awful lot about the man's character and we're just proud to have him as a member of our team to help Ms. Ransby," Moor said.

It's through the generous gifts, both big and small that the Ransbys will celebrate this Christmas.

A fund for their family has been set up at the United Bank in Newnan. Just ask for the Rosa Ransby Fund.


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