Community support is growing for a WWII Marine Corps veteran and retired postal worker who lost everything in a recent house fire.
Yet Paul Roberts, 94, of Ship Bottom, remains eternally optimistic according to a neighbor who has organized a fundraiser to help him recover.
Roberts’ neighbor, Erin Obermayer, curated this GoFundMe page to help Paul rebuild his life, as he had lived in the house, which was built in 1920, for more than 50 years and hoped to spend his last days there.
Obermayer wrote: “Paul is one of the most positive people we have ever met and will ever meet. He says, ‘Well, I wake up every morning, I can be happy or not. I might as well decide to be happy. ”
Even after destroying his house, he has a smile on his face.
“Paul is a truly humble, independent and wonderful person, but for the first time in his life he needs the help and support of those around him,” Obermayer said.
Over $80,000 was paid out in just two days.
In an update, Obermayer shared, “Paul wants to thank everyone for restoring their faith in human goodness.”
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