Posted: Mar 15, 2012 2:47 AM by Kirsten Bennett
Updated: Mar 15, 2012 6:30 AM
The author of the best-sellers "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" is helping a 101-year-old Detroit woman get back something he believes should have never been taken from her in the first place.
Texana Hollis lives at 8326 Carbondale for more than 60 years. Her husband Ira worked two jobs to pay for their home, but when her family didn't make sure that her taxes were paid she was evicted. Author Mitch Albom paid $100 for the home and his charity is paying $20,000 for the materials to renovate it.
"I bought the house and we're fixing it up," Albom said, adding that, "We're going to give it right back to her, which it should have been in the first place."
Hollis is understandably thankful to Albom and all those who are helping get her home.
Construction started a week ago and the goal is to make the house livable again. They have already added a ramp outside to make it easier for Hollis to get in and out.
"We're going to have it finished in about 10 days... two weeks at the tops," said Albom. "She'll be in before Easter; she'll certainly be in before her 102nd birthday."
That birthday is coming up May 1st, and there is one room Hollis can't wait to get back into.
"My kitchen, my mother had me cooking when i was 10-years-old, and I loved it," Hollis said, adding that when she moved back in, "Oh Lord, i'm going to dance a jig."