Georgia couple drowning in medical bills gets eBay White Knight

February 1, 2009

(ChattahBox) — A Georgia couple put everything they own except for their house up for auction on eBay to help pay medical bills for two of their children.

Two of Gregg and Brittiny Peters three children were diagnosed with costly medical disorders this past year, and as the bills began to mount, they decided to start over by selling all their worldly possessions on eBay. Last week, Gregg and Brittiny Peters accepted a bid for all their possessions from Texas couple Donnia and Keith Blair, who upon learning of the Peters’ plight, bid $20,000 and won the auction. Here’s the catch: the Blair’s are willing to pay, but they don’t want to take any of the Peters’ things.

“They’ve worked really hard to get those things and we’re in a position to help them,” Donnia Blair told The Associated Press.

In a strange twist, though, the Peters clan isn’t happy about the bid. They said they were looking for a fresh start – not charity.

The Peters spent Friday morning trying to persuade the Fort Worth family to accept their belongings, which include a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe, DVDs, leather coats, and a king-sized bed.

“They are apparently not willing to take our stuff,” Brittiny Peters said. “They’re purchasing them to give them back to us.”

The mom of three – who has one child with autism and another with juvenile arthritis – said she may accept the cash but donate the auction items to others.  The items were worth about $40,000, so the Peters could take solace in knowing they gave better than they got.

The Peters are also trying to figure out what to do with money raised on the Web site, www.everythingweown.org. They didn’t ask for the money and their efforts to return donations have upset some people, Brittiny Peters said.

They wanted to “start over, not take a handout,” they say, but sometimes it’s okay to let people help you and perhaps someday they will be able to return the favor.


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