An elderly woman who recently lost her home due to foreclosure received the surprise of a lifetime when her neighbors came together to help her out in a big way.
Angie Tyma, 89, had lived inside her Hudson, Florida, home for more than three decades, but found herself in dire straits after her husband died and a friend purchased her house.
While she reportedly began to pay the man rent, the new owner failed to keep up on the mortgage payments. Tyma soon received a warning, though she said she didn’t expect to be thrown out of the home, according to “Today.”
Then, one day last month, Tyma was, indeed, booted from the property, along with all of her belongings — a traumatic event that left her without a place to live. Kind neighbors who saw the elderly woman sitting on the front lawn with all of her belongings helped her pack everything up and bring it to a storage unit.
But that was just the beginning of their generosity.
As it turns out, Danielle Calder, a neighbor who lives down the street, decided she needed to get involved in a much bigger and broader way, WFLA-TV reported.
While Tyma spent three weeks living in a Days Inn hotel, Calder started researching the issue and told her husband she felt compelled to try and buy the home back for Tyma.
“I just talked to my husband and said, ‘We have to buy that house, have to get Angie back into that house,'” she recalled in an interview with WFLA-TV. “And he said, ‘We’ll just see what we can do.’ And then, we did it.”
The husband and wife embarked on a successful quest to secure the home for $167,500, putting a fresh coat of paint on the outside, loading Tyma’s belongings inside — and giving the elderly woman the surprise of a lifetime.
And Tyma — who is now paying rent to Calder — clearly showed her appreciation over the amazing gift.
“Oh God. Oh my God! It’s beautiful. It’s beautiful,” she cried, “Oh God, thank you for coming. I’m happy I’m home. Come Christmas time I’ll decorate it all up. I’ll put all the lights up. Oh my God.”
In a later interview with “Today,” the elderly woman said, “I went through hell and back,” and again expressed her deep appreciation for her neighbors’ kindness.
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