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A gift of a lifetime left a Fort Myers family stunned and full of gratitude.

“I’m speechless,” Scott Hamilton said after he and his wife, Cherrie, found out that the house they have been renting for four years will now be theirs.

“I’m amazed how the Lord has worked this whole situation, and I’m happy for the kids, too, because they’ll always have this,” he said.

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They are homeowners of a 13-bedroom house in Fort Myers thanks to the generosity of several anonymous donors. Dan O’Berski and his family coordinated the effort to renovate the house in 2017, and they returned Dec. 30, to surprise the Hamiltons with the deed to the house. From start to finish, the project cost about $400,000 and close to 65 people contributed money or volunteered during the renovation.

Tori, 20, snuggles with Ezekiel Zion, 2, at the Hamilton house on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Fort Myers. Tori is the oldest of the Hamiltons' adopted children that lives at home. The Hamiltons have 21 children. Six of them are grown, and one, Jonathan, is in heaven. They named their non-profit foundation, Jonathan's Place, after him.

Scott and Cherrie Hamilton and their real estate agent found the house in 2016, and they thought it would be the perfect place to raise their children and start their nonprofit foundation, Jonathan’s Place. They asked O’Berski, who was a friend, to be on their foundation board, but he wasn’t interested in that. He did want to know if he could “run with this house thing,” so he coordinated volunteers and donors to renovate the house.

Now that the mortgage is paid off, the $1,000 per month they were spending on rent can go to help care for their 15 children living at home, most of whom have special needs. The Hamiltons began homeschooling the children when the pandemic started, and they hired a teacher to help them manage during the day. 

Scott and Cherrie Hamilton have 21 home grown, adopted, and almost-adopted children, ages 30 to 2 years old. 



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