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Ailing New Zealand Man Receives New Home from Anonymous Do-Gooder

| by Dominic Kelly

An anonymous “white knight” has saved a 77-year-old man from homelessness after the story of a mortgage company selling his home while he recovered from spinal surgery tugged on the heartstrings of many around the world.

James Barber, 77, is one of the only remaining original residents in a retirement community and had been struggling to stay in his home after the owner of the community went bankrupt five years ago. Residents of the Crossdale Courts retirement complex have been fighting for years to remain in their homes. Legally, the mortgage companies did not have to honor the residents’ contracts once the owner went bankrupt and fled the country, so they started putting homes up for sale.

While Barber was in the hospital recovering from spinal surgery his mortgage company put his home up for auction. Despite pleas from Barber, they refused to do anything about it.

Now, after hearing Barber’s story, an anonymous businessman has offered to buy the 77-year-old a new home in order to “live out his days in peace.” The anonymous Good Samaritan refused to reveal his identity and wouldn’t speak to the press about his incredible act of kindness, but did release a statement through Barber’s attorney Dean Palmer, saying, “I was concerned for Jim, as were many others, and as I was in a position to be able to help him, I was very happy to do so."

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Barber says he is extremely grateful for the offer and was without words when he received the news.

"I don't know how to put it into words,” said Barber. “I was overwhelmed. It was an absolutely tremendous, enormous thing to happen. Thank you to this gentleman is not enough. I wish there were more words in the English language, but I just don't know them."

Barber’s new home has already been purchased, and the 77-year-old is expected to move in soon. His old home has already gone up for auction.