Johnnie Hodges Sr. never wanted to leave his house but the 90-year-old World War II Navy veteran was forcibly evicted after he could not make his loan payments. He had spent his saving and went into debt caring his late wife, Flora, who had Alzheimer’s.
The proud veteran was so adamant about caring for Flora that his two adult children had no idea he was struggling so badly until it was too late. When it came time to leave his home of 60 years, he was forcibly removed by police officers, who strapped him to a gurney and took him away.
Many people did not like Johnnie losing his home, especially for caring for his wife. A local businessman named Greg Elwood decided to step in and set up a GoFundMe and raised more than $110,000 for Johnnie. With a little help from Congressman Brian Higgins and HUD, Johnnie was able to buy back his home in Buffalo, New York.
“There’s no place like home,” said Johnnie. “I am so grateful that I am back to stay. And I am never leaving again!”
Thanks to his community and the generosity of thousands of strangers, Johnnie is once again home.
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