A WW-II Veteran, an upstanding United States citizen, a contributing New Yorker has done so much for not just his community, but his country too. He deserves to live out his remaining years as he wishes in the Freeport, New York home he shares with his wife for over 50 years. Please help us make sure that these honorable people and great Americans receive their wishes to live their life with the dignity, admiration, and respect they deserve. Not only is their house in need of great repair, they cannot afford the daily health care assistance they require.
Although their minds are sharp at 97 years old, their physical health is rapidly declining. The Promise of Hope Foundation is stepping in to give Dr. Purvis and his wife a new bathroom. Adding a handicap bathroom to the first floor where the Purvis’s have become confined to will provide easier mobility in hopes to improve their daily lives. They are still in need of so much more. Aside from a new bathroom the Purvis’ require daily health aides and have no funds to receive it. His wife, Dr. Sylvia Purvis is currently under hospital care with hopes to return home soon, and as stresses rise, it is time to provide them the comfort and care they have earned through the dedication of service to country and giving back to their community all their years.
Born in 1923, Eugene was drafted at 18 into the 435th Aviation Squadron, a unit of African American soldiers within the 20th Army Air Corps. He operated as a Supervisor for Bomb Loading and an Aerial Gunner. His entire regiment was killed during a Japanese bombing attack, and he was the sole survivor. Although Purvis and his fellow black soldiers faced discrimination during his time in the military, he said he never held any hatred towards anyone. “I never got angry at anybody,” Purvis said. “When you live long enough, you find the truths in life… and I do feel sorry for those who hate others.” He received the rank of Master Sergeant (United States Army Air Corps) WW-II which was rare for an African American during his time of service. Imagine how hard it was to be an African American man at that time, let alone a soldier. As if that wasn’t enough, Eugene went on in life to become a doctor, a reverend of the A.M.E.Z Church and opened a Montessori school in Freeport, NY for over 30 years.
Please consider donating to help this true American hero.