With all the despair of what is going on in this country, we have an awesome story that will give you some hope for humanity. In the community of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, the people came together to help a 91 year old WWII veteran.
Abram Belles was on the brink of losing his home due to taxes. The community set up a GoFundMe page and hundreds of people donated thousands of dollars to save his place.
Belles told ABC 7 Chicago:
“I didn’t know quite, I thought it was a joke when it first started,” he said. “But it wasn’t, and I thank God they come along.”
He has lived on Anderson Street in Wilkes-Barre Township for almost 70 years, and after he lost his wife in 2008, he fell behind on paying taxes for the home.
“I borrowed money from the bank, and I borrowed money from the credit union,” he said.
In three weeks, his home was set to go up for auction at a tax sale. Out of options, Belles says he was preparing himself for possibility of losing it all and stepping away from the front porch he sat on almost every day for more than six decades.
But that all changed when a man named John Daily heard Belles needed some help.
“Oh, yeah, that’s John,” Belles said. “He used to clean my house, my carpeting.”
That’s right, a man who used to clean Belles’ carpets set up the donation account, saying in the description that Belles supported his business in the past, and he just wanted to return the favor.
That was about a week ago, and now nearly 200 people have donated about $9,000, many leaving little messages for Belles with their donations, like one that reads, “May you feel the love of God, and the great people of the Wyoming Valley.”
“I don’t think I can thank them enough,” Belles said. “I’m telling you, that shocked me.”
Belles owed about $8,000 in taxes. The money will pay off what he owes and give him a comfortable cushion for future payments.
Now that’s a worthy cause… helping one of the ”greatest generation.” This is a great community to pull together and help this veteran. We need more of these stories instead of what we see.
We as a country need to pull together and help our vets, because it is obvious the government is not. In my opinion, our men and women who return from service should not have to pay taxes, but that is an outrageous idea I guess.
From everyone here we want to thank you for your service Abram Belles. God Bless you and your community.
God Bless. Dean James III%