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Community builds home for sick child

Greg Battles Greg Battles

October 16, 2003

Valdosta - Ten-year-old Jennifer Tucker has a big surprise to come home to. "When I heard about her illness, the Lord put it on my heart that I had to do something," said Greg Battles, Volunteer.

Community volunteers are giving their time and energy to build her family a new home. "Right now we're finishing up the roof, and getting the walls ready so they can come in next week and finish the dry wall and the painting," said James White, Volunteer.

All the supplies, labor, and even the land was donated so the Tucker family can move in free of charge. "We've had so many people, Scruggs Concrete, Langboard, Sheriff Ashley Paulk, the city of Valdosta, everyone has just been so great," said Battles.

When finished, the four bedroom, two bath home will be completely handicapped accessible, with wheelchair ramps, wider doors, and a large, roll-in shower. "It's a new and improved environment, and hopefully that will make her happy and speed up her recovery," said White.

And while the Tucker family are the ones getting the new house, these volunteers are getting something too. "It really hits home, and you want to do something good for this family because you never know when you might need help too," said White.

Jennifer's mother is scheduled to visit the site next Thursday.  "The late Mayor James Rainwater arranged a flight for her to come in and see what we've been doing," said Battles.

If construction continues on schedule, the home should be finished by next weekend.

posted at 3:00PM by ashley.harper@walb.com