‘He Didn’t Have to Do This’: Tyler Perry Buys Georgia Church a New 15-Seat Van to Replace Their Stolen One After Watching Report on the News

Tyler Perry is replacing a van from the Lighthouse Community Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, after theirs was stolen before a Sunday service

Tyler Perry is replacing a new van for a Georgia church after theirs was stolen before a Sunday service.

Members from the Lighthouse Community Church in Stockbridge, Georgia, said that when they arrived, the only thing left behind were pieces of a shattered window.

The 15-seat van was used to transport the area’s children to various church events and was essential in its usage by Lighthouse.

Old van: The 15-seat van was used to transport the area's children to various church events and was essential in its usage by Lighthouse. Only pieces of glass from a broken window were left
Old van: The 15-seat van was used to transport the area's children to various 
church events and was essential in its usage by Lighthouse. Only pieces of glass 
from a broken window were left
New van: Smith added that some members will go pick up the vehicle from a nearby dealership
New van: Smith added that some members will go pick up the vehicle from a nearby 
dealership

Church administrator Cindy Smith told WSB-TV that after seeing a report from the station, Perry called her to share that he had bought them a new van.

‘My phone rang and he said, ‘This is Tyler Perry … I saw the Channel 2 newscast and my heart was broken. So, I bought you a new van,’ church administrator Cindy Smith said.

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It came as a shock that someone with the recognition of Perry – who is most commonly known for his portrayal of the sassy Madea – would lend a helping hand.

She added: ‘For a few minutes I didn’t feel like I could put my feet down on the ground.

Church administrator Cindy Smith told WSB-TV that after seeing a report from the station, Perry called her to share that he had bought them a new va
Church administrator Cindy Smith told WSB-TV that after seeing a report from the 
station, Perry called her to share that he had bought them a new van

‘He is a man with a lot of means and a lot of influence, and he didn’t have to do it.’

The sentiment left the church and Smith in awe.

‘Just his generosity, his willingness to help us here … he didn’t have to do this, but he took the time to call us and to offer this to us and we’re completely in awe and overwhelmed and excited and we know that the Lord touched his heart to do this,’ said the woman.

Smith added that some members will go pick up the vehicle from a nearby dealership.

SOURCE: WSB-TV / Daily Mail – Matthew Wright