Man Donates House to Homeless Family
Tony Tolbert, a Harvard educated attorney, practiced an amazing gesture of generosity when he donated his home to a homeless family. The 51-year-old will move back into his family's house instead.
According to CBS, Tolbert had grown up in a house where someone in need often stayed. Hoping to follow the example of his father's generosity, Tolbert told the Alexandria House, a shelter for women and children, that he wanted to donate his home for a year. At that point he had not yet met Felicia Dukes, the mother of three whose life he would greatly improve.
Dukes was baffled when Alexandria told her someone wanted to give her a whole house for her and her kids.
"They had a young man that wanted to donate their house to you for a year," Dukes recounted. "And I'm looking at her, like, what? Like -- Are you serious?"
One room at the shelter was barely enough space for her family, and even more important, Tolbert's house allows for Dukes' oldest son to live with her. At Alexandria, he was not permitted to stay, as the shelter only admitted women and children.
In a CBS interview, Tolbert said, "If I consider myself a generous person then be generous. Practice generosity... You don't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah. We can do it wherever we are with whatever we have."
Dukes teared up explaining how grateful she was for Tolbert's incredible gift.
"You know, my heart fills up and stuff," she said, "I'm just really happy."