Friday, December 4, 2015

WWII 90 Year Old Veteran Gets Back Home

WWII veteran buys his home back in time for holidays with stranger's help
Christian Science Monitor
By Beatrice Gitau Staff
DECEMBER 4, 2015

A stranger rallied a community around a World War II veteran who was evicted from his home to help him buy it back.

Johnnie H. Hodges Sr., 90, lost his home of 60 years in Buffalo, New York after being behind in his mortgage payments for years.

The Buffalo News published a story about Mr. Hodges’s situation in July when authorities physically removed him from his home after a local bank foreclosed on the house.

According to the paper, Hodge missed making his monthly mortgage payments while caring for his wife, Flora, who was ill and passed away last year.

Since then, dozens of people have been moved to help, some offering money and others shelter.

Despite not knowing Hodges, businessman Greg Elwood of Williamsville, New York, stepped in and established a GoFundMe online account to raise funds for the Navy veteran. To Mr. Elwood's surprise, more than $110,000 was collected in five months.
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