Surprising Benefactor for Hurricane-Ravaged Town

Surprising Benefactor for Hurricane-Ravaged Town

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neil_diamond-cc-irisgerh-wikipedia.jpgIt was moving day recently for dozens of families in Oak Island, Texas. Their new homes are gifts from a stranger.

In September of 2008, Hurricane Ike splintered Oak Island – ruining 345 out of 350 homes. Esther Nelson slept in her car or a tent for months. “I thought I’d never be able to overcome this,” she said.

Then, a stranger came to town to see the devastation. The gentleman was music star Neil Diamond, who had a concert in nearby Houston right after the hurricane.

“You couldn’t help but be moved by this terrible situation,” Diamond said. “I just decided that I would do whatever I could do to help.”

He donated profits from his concert merchandise, raised $1.7 million and re-built a dozen homes on Oak Island.
(READ the full story at CBS News)

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