It's no mansion, but Lazetta Lua says the two-bedroom mobile home her neighbor gave her is an answer to prayer and a symbol of the power of paying it forward.
Lua, 54, and her husband, Felipe, have been living in a cramped RV at the Metz Mobile Home & RV Park in Kennewick.
Money is tight, with Felipe out of work and Lazetta on disability. She has battled liver cancer and has other health problems, she said. Christmas was especially tough.
But just after New Year's, the Luas' neighbor, who's moving out of town to live with family, approached Lazetta, offering to sell her mobile home to them for $1.
Lazetta couldn't believe her ears and called her husband to come outside, she said.
The neighbor assured them she was serious. "She said, 'I want to give it to you,' " Lazetta Lua recalled. "She decided she wanted to bless us with that."
In an interview, the neighbor -- who declined to be named -- confirmed the transaction. The deal is good for her because she doesn't have the time or money to put into improvements, she said.
She was scheduled to move out Saturday, and the Luas planned to move in the same day.
Lazetta Lua called the Herald to tell of the mobile home gift. "I want to encourage people," she said. "When I hear of things like this happening, it reinforces my faith in God. ... I just want people to be encouraged and show there's hope."
Lua is a firm believer in the concept of paying it forward. She was featured in the Herald in 2008 when she put on a yard sale to help with cremation expenses for a friend who had died.
Lua herself also has been the recipient of kindness throughout the years, she said, including from the manager of Metz Mobile Home Park, who gave her a chance to rent space there for the RV even though she didn't meet the rental criteria. The manager, Scott Smith, told the Herald that Lua has been a good tenant.
Lua and her husband are happy to have a roomier, better place to live, she said. They plan to take care of it, make it a home.
"There are so many people who don't have anything, not even hope," Lua said. "What she's given is a foundation."
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @saraTCHerald