"We don't regret our decision at all," Cara Bronson says

By Mia McNiece
Updated May 27, 2015 06:05 PM
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In the new CBS show, The Briefcase, two hard working American families are given a briefcase containing $101,000 and are told they can keep all the money or give it to the other family in need.

On the show’s premiere episode Wednesday night, the Bergin and the Bronson families might just surprise everyone with their decisions.

“You never know what you would really do unless you are put in that situation,” Joe Bergin, 49, tells PEOPLE.

Joe, his wife, Kim, 43, and their three teenage daughters from Matthews, North Carolina, were facing financial struggles after Joe had to put his ice-cream truck business on hold due to medical issues.

“Once we made the decision, we were both very comfortable with it,” says Cara Bronson, 30, who was eight months pregnant with the couple’s second child during the taping and whose husband, Dave, 32, is an Iraq war hero who lost his leg in combat. (Cara and Dave happily welcomed their daughter Teagan on May 6.)

The families have stayed in contact since the taping and say they’ve even become friends: “We talk to them a couple times a week,” says Kim, who adds that she and Joe planed a big viewing party for the series premiere.

“I would do the show again in a heartbeat,” Cara says. “We don’t regret our decision at all.”

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The Briefcase

premieres Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.