Thursday, February 28 2013 2:48 PM EST2013-02-28 19:48:30 GMT
They did everything right, saved money in advance and did their homework to work with a reputable company. But now a local family is out $6,000 and the man responsible is nowhere to be found. They wereMore >>
They did everything right, saved money in advance and did their homework to work with a reputable company. But now a local family is out $6,000, and the man responsible is nowhere to be found.More >>
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
A family that was ripped off by a local cabinet maker was the recipient of a new kitchen thanks to a friendly stranger who saw a need.
When Channel 4 first met Kerry and Jessica Brito, they lost $6,000 and were dealing with some financial problems.
They ripped out their old kitchen and paid for a new one, but a contractor took their money and never sent the cabinets they ordered.
"We had almost maxed out our budget, and we didn't have that much money to give them, and we were without a kitchen," said Jessica Brito.
The couple had saved for years and paid for a kitchen that never arrived.
In August they were desperate to warn others and called the Channel 4 I-Team.
After the story aired, they received a call from Trace Ragland of Master Brand Cabinets.
"When I saw this story, it hit home because every penny they were saving was going toward a kitchen," said Ragland.
He called his boss and together they came up with a plan to help the couple.
"He said, 'I'm going to play Santa for a minute.' I just teared up. I didn't know what he was going to do, but I knew he was going to help us in some way, maybe a discount or something," said Jessica Brito.
Ragland's company picked up the entire bill and even arranged to install the cabinets free of charge.
"We got them the dream kitchen," said Ragland.
The Britos have now settled in quite nice and are still moved by the outpouring of support from a stranger.
"It has reestablished not only our faith in what God has done for us but also what people have done," said Kerry Brito.
Ragland insists it's those who give that get something unbelievable in return.
"That's what life is about, paying it forward, helping others. There will be a time when you have to lean on someone and hopefully someone steps forward and helps you out," said Ragland.
The Britos filed criminal charges hoping to get their money back.
If they are repaid, the couple said they plan to donate the money to another family who was also taken advantage of by their previous contractor.
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