NEW PORT RICHEY (WFLA) – The News Channel 8 story about Gordon Page touched many lives in the Tampa Bay area, leading viewers to offer their help.
Page is an 85-year old Korean War veteran who is flooded out of his New Port Richey home. He and his wife, Myrna, care for three other veterans and didn’t know what they were going to do.
Susan Draves saw the story and her heart sank. She and her husband own a seemless gutter company in Pasco County, and they knew they needed to do something.
The company has plenty of storage, so they were at the home helping the Pages collect some of their China, dishes and other valuables.
“Gordon and his wife have a few precious things that they’re kind of concerned about, so I told them we would bring some boxes over and pack up his China,” Draves said. “We own a storage facility, so I told him we could come and get all that stuff.”
Draves also set up a Gofundme account and is working to raise funds for the Pages.
On Saturday, Billy Fuccillo, president of Fuccillo Kia in Wesley Chapel offered to foot the bill for the repairs at Page’s house.
“You know it’s really important. I was touched by this 85-year-old gentleman this morning,” Fuccillo said referring to Saturday morning, “especially when he broke down in front of your newscaster.”
Because of Fuccillo’s generosity, Draves was able to hire a disaster recovery company. On Sunday, workers were at the house pumping out water and assessing the damage. They may have to remove much of the drywall and all of the flooring in the house.
Page and his wife, Myrna, said they are overwhelmed by the community’s generosity.
“It’s unbelievable,” Myrna Page said. “And almost every day I cry because without you guys, we don’t know what to do.”
Page echoed his wife’s comments.
“I talked to my daughter on the phone and she says God has got to be looking over you guys because you’re getting an awful lot of help,” Page said.
The following is a link to the Gofundme page to help the Pages: gofund.me/cdjezdx8 <http://www.gofundme.com/cdjezdx8>