Stories of good Samaritans lending a hand to complete strangers always restore my faith in humanity.
Whether it’s as simple as someone stopping to help a woman cross the street or as dangerous as another racing into a burning building to rescue those trapped inside, they never cease to amaze me.
One family from Tampa, Florida, encountered this unconditional kindness from strangers first-hand when they discovered that their new home was infested with termites.
First-time home buyers Jacob and Amy Pinder, along with Amy’s two grown sons, bought their new mobile home after the advertisement for the home claimed it was in excellent condition and move-in ready.
But within weeks of moving in, the family was devastated to discover that everything was not as described.
Behind the walls and under the outer trim of the home, they discovered extensive termite damage and active termites that had not been disclosed to them.
And because the couple bought the home without ordering an inspection first, they were trapped in an uninhabitable space with no money to fix it and nowhere to turn.
For nearly seven months, the family was unable to even use their kitchen or eat a home-cooked meal.
But after seeing their story on the news, multiple good Samaritans stepped up to the plate, beginning with the owner of Bush Pest Control.
The very day after the story went live, the company came to spray their home and get rid of the termites.
A woman named Gloria also heard about the situation and couldn’t bear the thought of a family without a kitchen.
So Gloria went to her church requesting donations, which she ultimately used to purchase the appliances and supplies the Pinders needed.
After neighbors and strangers banded together to help the family install their new kitchen, Jacob and Amy were left with a newfound trust in others.
“I never in a million years would have thought the community would come together to help us with our home,” Amy said. “It feels like I can trust people again.”
Now, with a place to cook and a place to eat, the Pinder family is thankful for the generosity of those complete strangers who made sure they had a place to call home.
“It’s been a happier home,” Amy said. “It feels like a home now.”
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