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By Joel Thomas CBS 11 News | CBSDFW.COM
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Yesterday, 67-year old Horace Elliott feared he was about to lose his home.

A storm knocked the power meter off the wall almost a year ago.  Twice Elliott paid men who claimed to be electricians to hook his power up.  But the men ‘hotwired’ electricity without city permits and the power was quickly shut off again.  The rotten wood beneath began where the meter once hung began falling apart.  Vermin began invading his house through the holes in the wood and a massive bee colony moved into the wall.  Elliot’s home was on the verge of being condemned.

“There ain’t no place like home!” Elliott exclaimed when confronted with idea of being evicted and sent to a nursing home.  “I came here when I was twenty years old.  And today I’m 67 years old.  That’s 50 years right there. So, I ain’t going nowhere if the Lord bless.  This is my home.  I came here and I want to pass, I want to die here.”

The Vietnam veteran’s story touched hearts and Elliott’s case worker was swamped by calls.

“I’ve been getting phone calls from construction workers,” said NSEAM case worker Gwen Diggs.  “I’ve been getting phone calls from electricians, pest control, interior decorators, people who just want to give funds. I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

Three electricians chipped in, all moved by the member of the Army’s plight.

“My grandfather, he fought in World War 2, in the Navy,” said Jason Puryear of Cummings Electric.  “So, I figured I’d come and help a fellow soldier. I’m just doing my part.”

For the first time in months, Elliott can rest easy knowing the cavalry has arrived to save the day.

“I am blessed,” Elliott said with tears of joy welling in his eyes.  “I thank God and everyone around me for the blessing I got today.”

Diggs said once she is sure Elliott’s condition is secure she will move on to another client, a World War 2 veteran, who is in a similar situation.

To find out more or how you can help e-mail: nseamlahbnp@yahoo.com  or call: 817-338-2958

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