NJ community comes together to help 94-year-old WWII veteran
It’s a sad story that hopefully will have a happy ending. Paul Roberts, a 94-year-old resident of Ship Bottom, lost all of his belongings in a fire in March, and now the community is looking to help him.
They started a GoFundMe campaign to help get him back on his feet. According to the page, Paul is a World War II U.S. Marine Corp veteran and retired postman. One night, after taking a shower, he smelled smoke in his house and realized that his house was on fire.
The 94-year-old fell on all fours and crawled to safety. Unfortunately, his house was a total loss, although he saved a few photo albums; everything he owned was gone. All he has is the clothes he wears
If you’re wondering about the insurance, yes he had it, but his house was so old (built in 1930) it wasn’t up to code and he was told he had to tear it down. Now his friends and neighbors are hoping that through crowdfunding they can at least help him as he tries to rebuild.
What kind of person is Paul? Here is what is written about him: Paul is one of the most positive people we have ever met and will ever meet. He said, “Well, I wake up every morning, I can be happy or not. I might as well decide to be happy.
However, after having his house destroyed, he has a smile on his face. Paul is a truly humble, independent and wonderful person, but for the first time in his life he needs help and support from those around him.
If you can help a New Jersey community icon, visit the GoFundMe page.
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