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Money donated to replace man's lost savings

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Published: Feb. 21, 2020 at 6:29 PM EST
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A Pleasants County woman was shocked to learn her grandfather lost $6,500 in life savings in a theft at his home Thursday.

"The hurt in his voice sickened me," Jerra Poling told us. "I felt light-headed and sick to my stomach. I couldn't believe someone would do this to him."

Harold Taylor had told Poling the money was taken from a safe he kept on his farm near the Pleasants-Ritchie County line.

A friend suggested she set up a fund on Facebook to replenish the lost money. It began getting donations Thursday within minutes of its posting-and not all of them from the local area.

"I had somebody say that a friend from Florida who had stayed at one of his cabins that he had built on his farm wanted to send a check because he wanted to send 'cabin rental'," Poling said.

By Friday, the fund had accumulated $8,000, most of it from small donations. Poling says her grandfather, who isn't on social media, was astonished at what she had done.

She emotionally told us she's just amazed at how many lives he's touched.

"I'm just overwhelmed with how kind and how giving people have been."

Poling says it isn't certain how the money vanished.

She says the person who took it would have had to have direct access to Taylor's safe.