Director Tyler Perry Offers To Rebuild Great-Grandmother’s Burned Out Home

ATLANTA (AP) — Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry is offering to rebuild the home of an 88-year-old great-grandmother who lost all her belongings in a fire.

Rosa Lee Ransby and her 4-year-old great-granddaughter escaped the fire Tuesday that destroyed her home of 40 years in Coweta County, southwest of Atlanta. Coweta County firefighters began soliciting donations, and calls flooded in.

The Atlanta-based filmmaker visited Ransby’s neighborhood Thursday and pledged to rent her a house for a year, pay for her utilities, buy her furniture and then build her a new home. Coweta Fire Chief Todd Moore said Perry’s decision “made my Christmas.”

Perry, who himself was once homeless, now lives in a $5 million mansion. He gives to many homeless charities.

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