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City of Angels Indeed: LA Lawyer Gives His House to Homeless Family

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A generous lawyer in Los Angeles has opened his home to a homeless family for one year, demonstrating extraordinary goodwill and charity for the start of a new year.

Tony Tolbert is a 51-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer who told The Huffington Post, “You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffett or Oprah. We can do it wherever we are, with whatever we have, and for me, I have a home that I can make available.”

The Huffington Post reports Tolbert will move back into his parents’ house for one year while a family he found through Alexandria House, a shelter for women and children, live in his home. When Felicia Dukes found out she was selected, along with her four children, to receive the deal, she said she looked at the lady who informed her “like – are you serious?” She previously was only permitted to live with three of her children at the shelter, but now her adult son will join her at Tolbert’s house for the year.

Tolbert’s home will remain fully furnished for the duration of the deal, and Dukes said, “My heart just fills up and stuff, um….I’m just really happy.” 

According to a CBS report, Tolbert learned his generosity from his father, a former entertainment lawyer who is now suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Tolbert said, “Kindness creates kindness. Generosity creates generosity. Love creates love. And I think if we can share some of that and have more stories about people doing nice things for other people, and fewer stories about people doing horrible things to other people, that’s a better world.”

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