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Grateful Daughter Buys Mother House

Aired July 17, 2000 - 2:49 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: For Dr. Anita Jackson of Lumberton, North Carolina, a heartfelt thank you just couldn't convey the immense gratitude she felt for her mother's many sacrifices over the years. Now that the ear, nose and throat specialist has a thriving practice, Dr. Jackson felt it was time for her mother to reap the benefits. On Sunday, she presented her mother with a very special gift.

Dr. Jackson joins us now by phone with the rest of the story.

Hello, Dr. Jackson.

DR. ANITA JACKSON, GRATEFUL DAUGHTER: Hi, Kyra.

PHILLIPS: First of all, tell us about this relationship with your mother and how she truly made your education a priority.

JACKSON: Well, she's just been a remarkable woman, and she has given up, literally, her own safety as well as her own success for my education. She's, you know, she always encouraged me to, you know, try to do my best, and certainly she sacrificed a lot to send me to some of the nation's best schools.

PHILLIPS: That's right, including Harvard.

Now your mother, a grade school teacher, saved every penny for you that I was reading here, and she lived in a home that had been robbed almost 20 times. So in return, tell us what you did.

JACKSON: I gave her a surprise house-warming party at her own new home.

PHILLIPS: And there is the home.

JACKSON: It's in Westlake, which is the only gated community in Augusta, Georgia, which is where I am from. And I chose that area really for its 24-hour security, because it really is such a tremendous strain on anybody to have their privacy invaded, you know, multiple times. I mean, my mother nor I have ever been very materialistic, but I think everybody deserves to have someplace that they feel, you know, safe and comforted. And so she finally, hopefully, will be able to enjoy this. And I suspect that their security will be just top notch.

PHILLIPS: OK, well it's absolutely beautiful. Now how did she react when you gave her this $350,000 home?

KING: Well, she was flabbergasted to say the least. She was an hour and a half late to a party that she had no idea, nor did her guest, who the party was for. And I had two fabulous people who really helped with it, the realtors, Susan Keller-Lorke (ph) was with Century 21. And the interior decorators, who I just can't say enough about, I mean, they took this project personally.

So they were there, Kim Joycelove (ph), of Design on a Dime. I mean, I couldn't have done it without them. And they really just kind of carried this protect form beginning to end and worked for a year to find the home. And then Kim Joycelove had only three weeks. She, with Susan, worked to get it back into its original, tip-top shape. My mother came in and she was just stunned. People that she had been with that morning, you know, doing volunteer work, who had no idea who it was for, she just couldn't believe it. They wouldn't tell her. So she kept saying., I can't believe you guys didn't tell me. But it was a surprise, though.

PHILLIPS: And you bought your mom a home before you bought yourself a home, right?

JACKSON: That's right.

PHILLIPS: Awww.

JACKSON: Absolutely, absolutely. It's OK to work hard for her.

PHILLIPS: Well, we -- I can only hope that I can raise such a generous daughter.

Dr. Anita Jackson, thank you so much, wonderful story.

JACKSON: Thank you.

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