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People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House

People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House

by Liz Dwyer
January 4, 2013

"You don't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah," to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he's moving back in with his parents so he can do it.

Tolbert's mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son's plans, she asked him, "Have you lost it?" But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need. Tolbert's father, Jimmy, who was a prominent entertainment lawyer before getting Alzheimer's, set an example for his family by always opening a spare bedroom to people who needed a place to stay.

Tolbert reached out to a Los Angeles shelter for help finding a family which led him to Felicia Dukes, a mother of four,  who recently moved into his home. As you can see in the video above, the tears flow when Dukes talks about Tolbert's generosity. "My heart just fills up," she says. "I'm just really happy."

"Kindness creates kindness. Generosity creates generosity. Love creates love," says Tolbert. "And if we can share some of that and have more stories about people doing nice things for other people and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that's a better world."


 

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