Alice Smith never had it easy in life. As in infant she contracted polio. Keep in mind, in the early 1950’s, polio vaccines weren’t available yet and little Alice Smith was one of the ‘unlucky’ ones to have contracted this debilitating disease. But God gave her the gift of family – parents who doted on her and loved her and a brother who made life a little easier growing up. But still it was a struggle being mentally and physically handicapped. And that was Alice’s parents’ main concern. So the question became, how would their precious child survive on her own when they were gone? It was heartbreaking and scary for them to even think about. And so they thought of a plan.
The house in Haddenfield, New Jersey is home for the sixty-something Alice Smith. It was filled with mementos and photos and furniture left by her parents. It embodied life as she knew it. She grew up there, made memories there and there she intends to live her last breath. Her parents arranged payment for the home so that she may continue to live there long after they passed away. It was their best effort to do what they could do for their child.
Caretakers made Alice’s life bearable and with the house payments paid in advance, she lived quite independently. But the worst was yet to come in Alice Smith’s life, taxes were increased to $8,500 per year and that set her back on payments to the point that eventually she faced foreclosure. Now New Jersey property taxes are among the highest in the nation and the Smith family couldn’t afford to pay the back taxes. Reverse mortgage was not a viable consideration for the house needed many repairs. It was a trying time for Alice’s life. This was the only home she had known! She could leave the familiar sights, sounds and smell of this house – this is where her heart dwells.
In an interview with FOX News, she was asked “what if you are asked to leave this house?” and her stern answer was, “Hell, No!”. Oh yes, Alice Smith has the tenacity and willpower of a stubborn child. She will not be pushed aside without a fight. And like little Kevin McAllister in the movie Home Alone, there was this voice inside her head that said, ‘This is my house, I have to defend it!” And Alice may not be able to fight this battle on her own but her brother and grandson stepped up to the task. They could not let Alice down, she was much too special to be taken for granted and taken out of her house.
They established a GoFundMe account to be able to raise the necessary funds to augment Alice’s house payments. According to its own website ,“GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people in some but not all countries to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. The company is based in San Diego, California.”
And raise money they did! They read Alice’s story and it struck a chord in their hearts. People from different places gave of their means, and it was a lot!. It was so successful that they went above and beyond the target amount! And as kindness and generosity flowed abundantly for Alice, there she was in her sweet home, playing her piano unmindful of how truly fortunate she was. Thank God for angels here on earth!
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