Acts of Kindness
93-year-old’s home falls apart due to storms so neighbors band together to change her life
When neighbors saw how the elderly woman was living - they refused to leave her there.
Irene Markianou
01.11.23

Pearl Graham is known as “The Tulip Lady” in the local community. This is because the 93-year-old woman plants tulips in her garden every spring.

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Her neighbors in Wheatland, California, often pass by her house and stop to take a look at and admire her beautiful flowers.

Many of them also stop by to say hi to the sweet lady.

Last year, many of them were concerned about the condition of the woman’s home, after it was almost destroyed by the storms that hit Wheatland last winter.

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YouTube - KCRA News

As the local news channel reported, the roof almost fell down because of the heavy rain that kept pouring for more than a day.

The walls were also torn apart because of strong winds. Even the insulation was visible on the sides.

Pearl Graham’s house could not be considered a safe home anymore.

“The wind was real strong and the rain came pouring down,” Graham told KCRA News at the time. “I was just cold all night.”

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YouTube - KCRA News

The storm found the elderly lady suffering alone in her house, which was getting all the more uncomfortable to live in.

As neighbors said, if she had stayed in there one day longer, she may not have made it.

“If Pearl was there another day, she may not have made it,” Kelly Zimmerman told the same news source.

“When we found out that Pearl was in there, we said we were going to go in and get her out.”

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YouTube - KCRA News

Indeed, this is what they decided to do.

Pearl’s neighbors, who saw how badly damaged her house was and how this damage made it impossible for the elderly lady to keep living there, knew they had to rally to help her.

So, they arranged for her to stay in hotels until they could figure out where the woman could move.

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YouTube - KCRA News

After doing some research, they found an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant apartment, which was also affordable.

The community members, not only arranged for Graham to move into her new apartment, but they also donated appliances, furniture, and flowery decorations to make her feel comfortable in her new home.

It was a major change from the rundown house she’d been living in, to say the least.

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YouTube - KCRA News

Indeed, when “The Tulip Lady” moved into the apartment, she couldn’t hold back her emotion.

She was excited to have a new place to live, and she couldn’t be more grateful to her neighbors for arranging everything for her.

“They made everything just beautiful,” Graham said in her interview with KCRA 3. “I was happy when I found out that I was going to get to move here.”

The woman admitted that it was the best thing that had ever happened in her life.

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YouTube - KCRA News

For the neighbors who got together for a good cause, it was also a heartening experience.

They all felt the need to help the elderly woman. And, besides the new house, they took turns delivering her homemade meals every day to make sure she’d always have something to eat.

To return the favor, Graham was determined to plant a new tulip garden in her new home for everyone to enjoy.

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Watch the woman and her neighbors share this inspiring story in the video below!

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By Irene Markianou
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Irene Markianou is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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