80-Year-Old Veteran Was Evicted From His Home For Unpaid Property Taxes, But His Neighbors Came To His Rescue
June 18, 2019 18:20 By Mambee
With old age comes the inability to fend for yourself. It is why most seniors stay with their families or in homes that are being sponsored by their loved ones. But what happens when you have no one around?
80-year-old Bill McGruder was evicted from his home after country records showed that he didn't pay property taxes.
About two weeks before his 80th birthday, the veteran heard a knock on his door, and it was the officials sending him away from the only house he had ever known. He watched from his neighbors front yard as his belongings were tossed out from the house.
As soon as his neighbors got wind of the news, they decided to help out.
With tears in his eyes, Bill said:
"If you all wouldn't try to help me I don't know what I would do."
A particular neighbor, Anthony Drake Jr., came to Bill's aid as he helped gather his possessions and offered him a home. He said Bill was like the grandfather he never had.
Drake explained to the WFAA that he noticed that Bill's mind began to slip a few years ago. When the senior man was asked his age, he answered 68 even though he was 79.
So, when he was given letters about the unpaid taxes, he really didn't understand what he had to do. Luckily, he had good neighbors who rallied round to get him his home back. A Go Fund Me account was set up and $14,617 was raised for the aged man.
The house, which was auctioned off, will be returned to Bill as the person who initially bought the house has reversed the sale.
State Senator Konni Burton explained that it is unfortunate that Bill had to go through such a difficult situation. They are discussing legislative solutions to help people like Bill.
Fortunately, Bill has such wonderful neighbors who didn't hesitate to come to his rescue at such a hard time.
Hopefully, this story inspires us to look after our aged loved ones and take care of them.