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Stranger donates house to homeless family

Stranger Donates House to Homeless Family

Lori Rippy, Vaughan Luton and their four kids lost nearly everything in a house fire last month that left them homeless.

But one man who wants to remain anonymous stepped forward to offer significant help. The man told a KDKA news anchor that he wanted to give the family a home -- without charging them anything. That's a pretty remarkable offer.

The house does need a little work (just basic plumbing and painting), but it's valued at nearly $30,000.

Lori and Vaughan also have a donation page on GiveForward, which explains that they lost their home and dog to the fire on January 29th. So far, nearly $3,500 of the $5,000 goal has been raised.

Good News Network says the happy event came just in time' the family had been staying at a motel courtesy of the Red Cross, but their stay had ended.

While the house is being renovated, a different property owner is allowing the family to stay in an apartment.

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airborn333 February 06 2014 at 9:41 AM

Be interesting to see what the IRS will do, regarding both givee and giver.

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cbrimb airborn333 February 06 2014 at 10:39 AM

A gift is only taxed on the giver, not the recipient, and I believe anyone who can afford to give away a house is well aware of the tax laws. The man who donated the house did it with a pure heart, and he, as well as the family, are indeed blessed.

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Charlie Hall airborn333 February 06 2014 at 10:39 AM

Well I hope they do the right thing and stay out of this gift.

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flabeachbach February 06 2014 at 7:39 AM

This is awesome...The most surprising thing about it is that it was reported...
Praise God...
Pay it forward...

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classicconnusa February 06 2014 at 10:09 AM

My applause to the person who decided someone else was most important. Most of us can't imagine facing this situation and being someone we don't know it becomes only a "story" and not personal or emotional. God Bless this kind person and best of luck to this family - they have a new home but they still have to deal with the loss of what they had - memories and all.

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acsuissa February 06 2014 at 7:01 AM

This is the America I love. That's the reason I served.

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Ed. February 06 2014 at 7:00 AM


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sknydippr1 February 06 2014 at 6:51 AM

God bless that man. I wish there was more news like this every day.

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gfaithangel122 February 06 2014 at 6:35 AM

i dont remember reading anything on politics! goodness starts at home.. karma..
we all can do good.. so those that are stuck on the band wagon of the political go do something for your fellow elderly neighbor in the cold ! start there!

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Paul MacLeod February 06 2014 at 6:27 AM

mystery in gifting............ adds to the intrigue... a very very kind and loving gesture from " someone"

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john&jan February 06 2014 at 6:21 AM

we still have kind people in our country,very nice.

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Joe February 06 2014 at 5:26 AM

Paying it forward is always a very kind thing.

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