Say what you want about Tyler Perry, but the one thing you won’t be able to say about him is that he’s “cheap” “heartless” or has “forgotten” his humble beginnings and where he came from. As long as I’ve known and/or followed Tyler Perry he’s always been a very giving, and might I say generous, person to individuals and the community. From helping out the Katrina Victims in 2008, to helping the homeless, to paying off a woman’s mortgage and buying houses for deserving individuals. And how can we forget the time he put in the help for Bobbi Kristina, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, by adding her into his show For Better or Worse and even paying for her funeral expenses during her untimely death. Perry, has always been involved with not only giving of himself but opening his pockets wide and giving of his funds.
So, it was no surprise to hear that he was now yet again, opening his huge heart and wallet for a local Georgia mother who lost her 15 month old twin girls. According to GMA, Perry extended an offer to pay for the funeral expenses of the twins who both died last week when they were left behind in a hot car by their father in Carrollton, Georgia. Ariel and Alaynah North passed away on August 4th. Their father has since been arrested and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter along with two counts of reckless conduct. Per the ABC NEWS affiliate, noticing that he had left his daughters in their car seat in the extremely hot 90 degree weather at the time, Asa North pulled both girls from the hot car and ran screaming and yelling (according to neighbors) to the back of their apartment building and got into the pool with the young girls, attempting to cool them off with the water. But it was too late; the girls were pronounced dead at a nearby medical center in Carrollton.
The mother, Breal Ellis was visiting her ill sister at the time of the incident:
“I was with them every day and the one day I left…I just want to tell them I’m sorry, “They didn’t deserve to die like that or to die, period, but I know they’re in heaven.” she told WSB-TV through tears.
Ellis told the local news station that she had planned to bury the girls but didn’t have the money to pay for the funeral. When Tyler Perry caught wind of the incident, he reached out to offer to pay for the girls’ funeral expenses, though no word has been received as of yet if Ellis will accept the offer. A GoFundMe Page has been set up for the family to raise $10,000 for the expenses of the funeral; as of today $22,100 has been collected on their behalf.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
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