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Good Samaritans help Perris soldier in a foreclosure bind

December 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A military man and his family who lost their home to foreclosure had a very difficult deadline. They were locked out the day after Christmas and given almost no time to get all of their possessions out of the house by Friday.

It was a mad dash the moment the gate opened. The Gunn family had just 60 minutes to gather everything they own.

"My family is devastated and we don't know what tomorrow brings," said Tina Gunn.

The day after Christmas, Tina and Justin Gunn, an Army National Guard solider, and their children were locked out of their Perris home after losing it to foreclosure. They had lived there for the last 17 years.

"I learned how to ride a bike here. I learned how to make that fort. Everything that's there now, I've been a part of making it," said Thomas Holmes, the Gunns' son.

Friday, they were given one hour to remove everything they own from the property. This would have been a nearly impossible task if it were not for the help of close to 100 volunteers - many of them are fellow military or Marines from Camp Pendleton.

"When I found out that they had one hour today, which is what we have, one hour to get all of their personal effects out of this home, then I wanted to recruit as many volunteers as I could to have today be a random act of kindness for this family," said volunteer Laura Herzog.

With no time to pack, they filled pickups with bags of the family's belongs, carried away tables and chairs, rushing to remove everything from the property as the countdown continued.

Much of the items were stored in a neighbor's shed, while other things were piled up along the road in order to beat the deadline. For the Gunns, the overwhelming generosity was a true gift in their greatest time of need.

"I don't know half of these people. They're friends of friends and Marines and Patriot Riders, and I'm overwhelmed and very grateful right now," said Tina Gunn.

The Gunns were able to get all of their belongings off the property in time. They are now staying with family as they look for a new place to call home.


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