92-Year-Old WWII Vet John Potter Uses Crowdfunding To Buy Own House Back From Daughter

With the help of his granddaughter, a 92-year-old Ohio man was able to raise enough money to buy his house back from his daughter and prevent being evicted.

John Potter has lived in the home for 56 years. Potter received an eviction notice from his daughter, Janice Cottrill, and son-in-law earlier this year, saying that his "existing lease" had been terminated.

Potter and his granddaughter, Jaclyn Fraley, 35, raised almost $140,000 on GoFundMe.com to buy back the house. The purchase price of the home is believed to be less than that amount. The remaining money will be used for used for Potter's care and things he might need for the house, ABC News reported.

"It's his home and he can look at it and know that it's his," Fraley said. "It's crowdfunding at its finest."

Earlier offers to buy back the home, including one for $60,000, were previously rejected by Cottrill. According to reports, the relationship between Potter and Cottrill soured after she took custody of her older brother, Joe, who is autistic.

"I want to express my appreciation for all those people who helped me," Potter said. "It wasn't one person, it wasn't a hundred but over five thousand people and I certainly appreciate it more than they will ever know." When the World War II veteran found out that the offer had been accepted, he told Fraley it was "too good to be true."

"I had this house for over 50 years before this took place," Potter said. "It just knocked me for a loop and I have worried all day every day ever since and now I am so happy I don't have to worry about it anymore."

Sources: ABC News, The Daily News


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