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The roof of Brenda Arrington’s home in the Bunker Hill section of Bedford County was upgraded by a team from Habitat for Humanity.
Friday, May 17, 2013
During several recent weekends, more than 100 volunteers from churches and civic groups in Bedford County came to the aid of neighbors under the auspices of Bedford Habitat for Humanity. From Big Island to Bunker Hill, the Critical Home Repair Division, formerly Christmas in Action, worked on seven houses while fulfilling its mission to provide a hand up rather than a handout.
Among the groups pitching in were members of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Moneta who worked on Thelma Mayhew’s house over a three-day period in mid-April. They built a deck and handicap ramp, repaired drywall and painted the kitchen ceiling, fixed porch railings, redid the bathroom floor and repaired gutters and fascia boards.
Mayhew, who recently spent five months in the hospital, was overjoyed with the work.
“They were the nicest people who came to help me. I can’t thank them enough ,” she said.
The following weekend, Brenda Arrington’s house in Bunker Hill, where she has lived for the past 43 years, was one of the houses targeted. Members of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church spent the day on her roof replacing shingles, gutters and fascia boards. On the back of the house, the crew stripped off the old shingles, and laid new tar paper and all new shingles.
For more information, call Bedford Habitat for Humanity at 587-0280.
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