Ch. 2 viewers step up to help elderly man whose home was trashed during robbery

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. —

Dozens of Channel 2 Action News viewers are stepping up to help an 87-year-old man whose home was trashed during a burglary.

The DeKalb County man and his daughter told Channel 2's Diana Davis they are touched by the support.

From the living room to the bedrooms, Floyd Thompson's small home was ransacked and torn apart. When Davis first met Thompson and his daughter, Judy Parker, smashed furniture lay in a heap in the front yard.

After seeing Davis' report earlier this week, dozens of Channel 2 viewers called and emailed the station wanting to help.

Thompson and his daughter said they never expected such an outpouring.

"It has just been tremendous the outpouring of love and kindness from the people that have contacted me. I can't believe there's people left like that in the world," Parker said.

"Thank you. You have all been so good and I appreciate it," Thompson said.

Wednesday, Parker set up an account at Wells Fargo bank to handle donations coming in from Channel 2 viewers.

Thompson is paralyzed and uses a scooter to get around.

Thursday morning a viewer told Davis and the family he wants to try to retrofit the home to make it easier for Thompson to get around.

"That's something we would never in our life been able to afford, so it's just incredible," Parker said.

A Cumming Christian charity offered to donate a scooter, couch, chair and a new mattress set.

"We just want to help and bless this family as much as we can," said Graham Skinner of the No Longer Bound charity organization.

Thompson built the house himself nearly 60 years ago. Here, he and his wife, who died 12 years ago, raised six children.

He now lives on just $600 dollars Social Security a month. Though he did get some insurance money, it's not enough to replace all that was ruined.

The family told Davis the reaction from Channel 2 viewers so far has touched them

"My heart is gladdened," Parker said.

The family has had a security system installed complete with cameras. They said they'll never be victims again.

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