Skip to comments.Donald Trump Once Saved A Woman’s Farm From Foreclosure ["God touched his heart"]
Posted on 08/22/2015 8:38:03 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
It was September 1986, and Annabel Hill, 66, was facing an auction where she would lose the farm that had been in her family for five generations.
Hills husband, Lenard, had committed suicide eight months earlier, 20 minutes before a scheduled auction, in a last-ditch attempt to save his property with life insurance money. The life insurance money wasnt enough, covering only $175,000 of debts than ran in excess of $300,000, from two years of a drought that Hill said had ruined their livelihood. Even when several hundred acres of the 1,300-acre Waynesboro, Georgia, farm were sold, the now-widowed Annabel still found herself deep in debt and facing an auction.
Thats when real estate tycoon Donald Trump and a series of other personalities stepped in to help save Hills farm.
The push to save Hills farm began with Frank Argenbright, a well-regarded Atlanta businessman. Argenbright had helped another farmer keep his land, according to reports. Argenbright asked Hill to appear at a news conference with him in the city. That news conference made its way onto NBCs Nightly News and was watched Trump.
I saw a story on the news about Annabel Hill, whod hit bottom, The Donald writes in his book The America We Deserve.
It was a very sad situation, and I was moved, Trump writes in The Art of the Deal. Here were people whod worked very hard and honestly all their lives, only to see it all crumble before them. To me, it just seemed wrong.
Trump reached out to Argenbright, who was able to put Trump in touch with bank that held Hills mortgage.
The next morning, I called and got some vice president on the line, writes Trump. I explained that I was a businessman from New York, and that I was interested in helping Mrs. Hill. He told me he was sorry, but that it was too late. They were going to auction off the farm, he said, and nothing or no one is going to stop it.
It was then, Trump claims, he decided to talk tough to the banker.
That really got me going, he writes. I said to the guy: You listen to me. If you do foreclose, Ill personally bring a lawsuit for murder against you and your bank, on the grounds that you harassed Mrs. Hills husband to his death. All of a sudden the bank officer sounded very nervous and said hed get right back to me. Sometimes it pays to be a little wild.
An hour later I got a call back from the banker, and he said, Dont worry, were going to work it out, Mr. Trump.
At a press conference at the entrance to the Burke County Courthouse where the foreclosure sale was set to begin, Argenbright and members of the Hill family discussed their plan to save the farm. Neighbors and friends of the Hills, who had planned to console the family after their sale, were instead stunned with the news of a rescue plan, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Argenbright and Trump had put up the money with Federal Land Bank that morning for a 30-day option to purchase the farmland. The auction was called off less than two hours before it was to begin.
It was a business decision that waiting a month doesnt put the bank in any worse position, and [the earnest money shows] that this is no sham, the banks manager said. In this case, there was a lot of cooperation and effort on their part. We dont always get that in foreclosure cases.
Annabel Hill told the media her husband would be overjoyed with the idea that the land will be saved. Truly, I dont believe he will have died in vain, because one of these days this land will be coming back to the Hill family, and crops will be raised on it again.
During the 30-day option period, a donation drive to collect the $187,000 necessary to pay the debt was launched. It instantly took off, thanks in no small part to Trumps celebrity and his connections.
By the end of the week, wed raised $40,000. [Don] Imus alone raised almost $20,000 by appealing to his listeners, writes Trump in The Art of the Deal. After a successful swarm of donations the debt still stood at $78,000.
That was when Trump offered to help pay half and Dallas farmer and landowner Tom McKamy matched Trumps offer.
Financially this was obviously no big deal, writes Trump in The America We Deserve. But in human terms, there arent words to express what Annabel Hill gave to me. Most of us have a few things in life we would never give back, no matter what. Helping Annabel is that way for me.
That Christmas, at the atrium of the Trump Tower, The Donald and Annabel Hill, flanked by the media and others who had donated, burned Hills mortgage.
It feels wonderful, it really does especially at this time of the year, Hill said. Im just so grateful to these men. Its really hard with the main person in your family gone. This kind of eases the ache a little bit.
I never gave up hope. Farmers dont ever give up hope, Mrs. Hill added.
It was unreal, almost like my mom was Cinderella, Hills daughter Betsy told BuzzFeed News. We couldnt believe that we were going up to New York to actually meet Donald Trump in person and sit down and have a meal with him. He was just precious to help save our farm. It was just like we couldnt believe it.
Its nice to see that other side of a big real estate, investor and businessman to want to help such small, little unknown people, she added.
At the Christmas event, Trump, struck a similar chord to what he says today.
We give a lot of money to foreign countries that dont give a damn about us, but we dont help the American farmers, Trump said.
Annabel Hill passed away at the age of 91 in 2011. She said about the motives of Trumps charity, the only way I can explain it was God touched his heart.
Trump kept in touch with Hill for a while after the mortgage burning.
I would see Annabel, whether it was in church or whether, you know, out in the community and she was always saying, Well, you know Im praying for Mr. Trump, I am praying for Mr. Trump, Marty Baker, a pastor at the local church, told BuzzFeed News. And she just, you know, really stayed in contact with him some and continually just prayed for him.
I saw a side of him that was very caring, very sincere, Argenbright told Lost Tycoon author Henry Hurt in his book.
He would call her up and check on her [even after the publicity died out]. There was no feeling of, well, Frank, okay, youve done the deal. Annabels gone. The publicity is over with. Theres no benefit to Donald Trump now. Not any of that ever.
The Hills, according to Annabels son, Jim, who spoke with BuzzFeed News by phone, had never heard of Trump before he called up their family.
It was a small Southern town, Jim Hill said.
Jim Hill said that after their farm was saved, the family became the unofficial spokespeople for farmers losing their lands to banks in foreclosure.
She sort of kind of became the spokesperson of the entire group of farmers that committed suicide or were losing their properties or losing the remainder of their properties, he said.
Leonard Hill, Annabels son, who currently lives on the farm, says the family is deeply indebted to Trump.
Ive got three daughters and it allowed them to grow up on the farm, Leonard Hill told BuzzFeed News. We have been very blessed, very blessed.
My wife was pregnant with our youngest daughter when Mr. Trump came into the picture, and she grew up and decided to be a lawyer and went to the Catholic law school in Washington, D.C., and probably would not have been able to do that without Mr. Trump, he stated.
We about lost our names, I wouldnt even know who I was. It was a tremendous blessing.
A moose bit my sister once.
He has done other similar acts of kindness, and that’s the reason he is very wealthy - give and it shall be given unto you, pressed down, shaken together and running over. I think though, that maybe all that money he gave to politicians sure could have helped out a lot more people in financial straits.
Duplicate thread, but maybe the JEB trolls will leave this one alone.
Amazing story!!! See....we New Yorkers from back-in-the day are tough as nails....but......but our hearts were, and are always in the right place!!! Sadly the New York City of today is “The DeBlasio low life created cesspool of the world!!! I really do hope Trump makes to the POTUS slot....because he will make short work of that incompetent, cop hating, buffoon, DeBlasio, and he will help restore NYC and our bloved country to greatness.
Mr. Trump just went up the presidential food chain in my estimation.
honestly, i’d be taking Trump more seriously as a presidential contender if he’d run for mayor of NYC and served a term or two there first, showing how exactly he would behave as an executive in government.
still, he did a good deed for this woman, which is more than Gore or Kerry or Clinton any multitude of democRATS in “public service” have ever done, or will ever do.
So the question is....
From 1980s-2010’s was Trump just being cagey about his political views to better serve his business, pretending to be in the middle on some issues, left on some, mushy right on others, while being a “closet conservative” to the point where Obama was elected and a few years later he finally came out because he was seeing the country he loved so much go to hell?
But this story adds a point to the plus side of my personal “Trump ledger”.
Trump is now somewhere in my TOP HALF of the potential GOP pres candidates.
Imagne where Bush is, well he is damned near dead last...
Another similar story
My son has said that there are no unselfish acts. Meaning that when you do something unselfish you get back good feelings about what you’ve done.
Can he do this for 150 million people?
[ still, he did a good deed for this woman, which is more than Gore or Kerry or Clinton any multitude of democRATS in public service have ever done, or will ever do. ]
YOU ARE SO WRONG!!! Kerry and Clinton and the demoCRATS do good deeds on behalf of others..
DAMMIT...AND YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF FOR TRYING TO CONVINCE PEOPLE OTHERWISE.
Sure they advocated using force of government to steal money from hard working people.
Sure they wanted to funnel that money through several layers of beer-o-craps with cushy jobs paid with that money before it got to the people that needed it.
Sure a lot of the money that finally made it through was given to people who didn’t really need it but would vote for the people who promised to take MORE from the hard working people.
Sure the systems they set up were abused by welfare leeches and crony corporations and foundations.
BUTT DAMMIT, IT IS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS.....
[ My son has said that there are no unselfish acts. Meaning that when you do something unselfish you get back good feelings about what youve done. ]
Ayn Rand had similar thoughts on that as well, I think.
Some other troll will start carping on it.
He can inspire those who will.
If he could, would he want to?
Would Obama? (all those white people)
Would Hillary? (al those nondonor sucker little people)
Can anyone uncover any story of Hillary Clinton ever doing a genuine deed of kindness out of her own pocket? Donating Bill’s old underwear to Goodwill does not count
which would most likely be an attempt at "getting rid of the evidence" anyway, since by now we all know the true natures of Bill and Hillary.
Far reaching effects of following Biblical principles.
Let us Notice, and be prepared to do likewise.
Praise the LORD!
I hit ABUSE on the last thread, and will again.
This is a feel-good story, and I’ll be damned if I’m going got let them $hit on it scott free.
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