COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia couple is not letting a bad situation stop them from helping out someone else in need.
Cierra Curreri and Corinth Todd were just two of several victims of a string of burglaries in the Olympia neighborhood. The couple lost everything, including money for their honeymoon.
The couple's next door neighbors, Kenneth and Carol Chavis, were also among the victims.
Kenneth is 88-years-old and a pastor who was raising money to send to children in need in Haiti. In a safe, he was storing more than $6,000 he had raised to donate to the children. The thieves made off with that safe which also had a gun and diamonds inside. Deputies arrested and charged two men in connection to the burglary of the Chavis' home.
The Chavis' were able to retrieve most of their items except for the mission money.
Despite being victims themselves, Cierra and Corinth are now raising money to replace the mission money that was stolen from the Chavis'.
"Our goal is to get $7,000 because I would love to bring him back more than what he lost. He has taken it on himself and on his heart and feels
guilty like he's the reason why it's gone. It breaks my heart because it's not the case." Cierra said.
Cierra and Corinth have moved out of the neighborhood since the crimes, however, they say the matter just hits too close to home and they had to help. They have been pretty successful in raising funds so far as they have received donations totaling almost $1,000 in two days. If you would like to donate, you can head to their GoFundMe site.
If you know anything about the crimes in the Olympia neighborhood, contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.