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Anonymous donor to pay utility bills for jobless man and family in Detroit

Don Epperson hugs his children tight after an anonymous donor stepped forward to pay his utility bills
Don Epperson hugs his children tight after an anonymous donor stepped forward to pay his utility bills
My Fox Detroit

According to My Fox Detroit on Jan. 23, an anonymous donor will be paying utility bills for Don Epperson, a 53-year-old father of four who walks Detroit’s mean streets looking for salvage firewood to keep his kids from freezing this winter.

"The same fire that keeps us warm, feeds us," says Don. The family heats water in buckets to wash dishes in and bathe.

Don has worked as a roofer and a butcher. He’s very willing to work, but there are no jobs. So he does the best he can for his four children, the youngest of whom is just 10. Despite it all, Don’s children are performing very well in school and their current lifestyle hasn't discouraged them.

After hearing the story, a Good Samaritan stepped forward offering to pay Don’s utility bills. Don was emotional and overjoyed.

I'd just like to say thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart and from my children. We thank you all, we love you for what you've done for us. I've never had anybody do anything to this magnitude for myself, or even for my children," Don says.

Thousands have been touched by Don’s story and have asked how to help. If you’re local to Detroit and can contribute non-monetary items, including clothing and firewood, please bring them to Rev. W.J. Rideout, All God's People Church, 5201 French Road, Detroit, MI 48213 (313-492-5009).

Clothing sizes needed:

  • Female, age 10, size 12 in shirts and pants
  • Male, age 14, 31 waist/30 length pants, medium shirt
  • Female, age 17, medium shirts, size 7 bottoms
  • Female, age 20, medium shirts, size 7 bottoms

If you would like to make a monetary contribution, you can do it at Give Forward by clicking HERE. Over $6,000 has been donated as of this writing.

Thank you, Mr. Anonymous, and everyone has contributed so far!