NASHVILLE, Tenn. - This was the day 93-year-old Aner Turner and her family were dreading. On this Wednesday, June 17, tax sale day, her home of 25 years was set to be auctioned off.
Ms. Turner's Archer street home with a view has been prime real estate. Her South Nashville home made the list because she owed two years worth of back property taxes totaling $4,200.
Fortunately in the nick of time, Ms. Turner's son-in-law Kendall Thompson was able to make the payment in full.
It was all thanks to the community donating to the Turner gofundme account, which raised over $6,000.
“It’s like an anchor has been taken off my back,' said Thompson.
And once the debt was cleared, Ms. Turner's home was taken off the tax sale list. The family was able to breathe a sigh of relief, but it didn't come easy.
They didn't know it would take one to five business days to receive the gofundme money. Thompson had to turn to friends for a loan.
He said he's eternally grateful to them and the public.
"I think right now we've sent out about 100 thank you’s, and we're still going back to personally thank every person who donated at all," he said.
The family planned to use what's left over from the donations to pay for next year's property taxes and get Ms. Turner into the city's tax relief program.