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A generous viewer helped save this little boy's birthday after watching his story on KHQ. A generous viewer helped save this little boy's birthday after watching his story on KHQ.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Todd Varney has never met Spencer Brazelton. In fact, Todd lives 1,000 miles away in Denver. But Todd too is a dad. He was in town on business and randomly caught the story of Spencer missing out on his birthday party because a local business called X-treme Arena abruptly shut down. The business also never refunded his parent's deposit.

Todd told me via email that no child should have sadness associated with a birthday…

Todd sent a card and check, which replaced the little boy's heartbreak with pure joy. The boy was ecstatic and said he would use it to buy Legos.

On the other side of town, another hurting family.

The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, says an unknown man wormed his way into her home during a birthday party.

Everyone thought he was with other guests.

She says she was held hostage, and threatened with rape and murder.

Her children were able to escape the terror and police kicked in her door to arrest Jeremy Schreibeis.

Just hours after my story, Total Security contacted me wanting to help.

"They didn't have to do it. They could have just looked the other way," the woman said.

A state of the art security system, free of charge for this mother of four.

"We will definitely sleep better tonight," she said.

The owner says he was just doing what was right, and while he doesn't know the victim, he says he does know what she goes through.

"I was raised by a single mom. It brought me to back to that 'I'm a kid i can't do anything.' Well, now I'm an adult and i can do something," he said.

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