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Homeless couple express gratitude

Homeless couple express gratitude

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 9:04 pm

By JOHN BRANNON
Staff Reporter
Response to the plight of a homeless couple featured in the Friday issue of The Messenger was swift after the newspaper hit the streets.
Many put down the paper and went to see the situation and meet the pair of senior citizens living in a small pop-up tent at AAA RV Park.
The first order of business was to get them out of the elements — a spring storm was waiting in the wings — and into proper shelter.
Speaking from their motel room at Hospitality House today, Donna and Robert Bolden, both in their early 60s, expressed their thanks and appreciation.
“We want to thank everybody,” said Donna.
They became homeless when Robert lost his job and could not longer pay rent for a house in Dyersburg.
The outpouring of help has been practically biblical.
An unnamed donor paid for a room at Hospitality House for them over the weekend. Another donor paid for two nights at Super 8 Motel. One man offered Robert a part-time job; another offered a house in Kenton. Still another offered a furnished trailer in Elbridge. And yet another paid to have the brakes fixed on Robert’s 1987 Ford pickup truck. And someone paid for two days of meals at McDonald’s restaurant for them.
State Rep. Judy Barker offered them her help in acquiring Social Security benefits.
“I didn’t know there was so many good people in the world,” Robert said. “It sure felt good to sleep in a bed for a change. I’m rested up now and ready to go, ready to work somewhere.
“Me and Donna can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to all the people who stopped by, all those who helped us. We’ll never forget this.”
John Brannon may be contacted by e-mail at jbrannon@ucmessenger.com
Published in The Messenger 4.26.10

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