Elderly man without power receives help anonymous donor

By Jason Miles - bio | email

79-year-old "James" said Tuesday he has a renewed faith, knowing that perfect strangers came through for him in a pinch.

"I had done given up," he said. "I didn't know there was that many people that cares about an old person."

James has been spending the cold winter nights curled up in his car with his dog while watching over the home they've shared since his wife died.

Tuesday, he welled up with tears as he thought about the way his life has been since MLGW cut his power, after catching him stealing services.

That's one reason Action News 5 agreed not to share his last name when we first profiled his plight Monday night.     

"I know I done wrong, but I had to do what I had to do," he said.

Many Action News 5 viewers overlooked his indiscretions and offered help anyway.

"The story you did on "James" really broke my heart," wrote one viewer.

"The Gentlemen wasn't right for stealing but there has to be a certain amount of respect given to the elderly," wrote another.

"Desperation can lead us to do things we wouldn't normally do," wrote someone else.

A prominent Memphis pastor, who wanted to remain anonymous, contacted MLGW and agreed to settle James's hefty bill in full.

"That gone feel like a miracle," says James.

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