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Neighborhood 'angel' goes above and beyond to help others

Posted at 7:34 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 22:34:34-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A simple gesture of kindness can make someone’s day or even save a life.

“This one is Detecting Divas.” It all began with a book club. “That one is sisters of sleuth.”

That Evie Arnold began hosting for seniors over a decade ago. “It’s all mysteries.”

The women are all over 60.

“There are so may single women that don’t have anybody, that I decided they should email me every day or text me every day just so I know everybody is ok.”

But a couple of months ago, one of those emails didn’t come in.

“I was making the change from landline to smartphone, but there was a glitch, I was without a telephone, deathy ill with no one to contact anybody.”

Bookclub member Susan Lipp laid in her bed with no food, no water, just fear.

“When you’re alone and you live alone with no family, I lay there and I thought after a couple days or so, I’m not going to get out of this. And I hope someone takes care of my kitties.”

Evie called for a wellness check, and Susan was rushed to the hospital with a critical gastrointestinal condition.

“She literally saved my life.”

“It feels good to know that I’m 73 years old and I can still do good, be useful.”

But that wasn’t the first time her compassion saved a life.

When one neighbor's newspapers began stacking up, she knocked on the door only to hear the dogs barking and called for another welfare check.

“I ran into her kids in the front yard and talked about time. I called the police on her, and they said you saved her life!”

She urges everyone to pay attention to their neighbors, especially seniors.

“Most police departments have volunteers that will take a look, and you might end up saving someone’s life too.”

Susan believes everyone should join a book club. When she was in the hospital, the women cleaned her home, cooked meals and took care of her cats.