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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Generous south Georgians reach out to help a family in need.   As soon as we told you about a Terrell County woman who desperately needed a handicapped accessible shower for her two disabled daughters, WALB viewers responded.

Several of our viewers offered help to Shirley Ford, in the way of money, materials and manpower.  And now she's just a week or so away from having the shower that will allow her daughters to continue to live at home.

Businessman Keith Pool installs custom showers, and had been wanting to donate his services for a handicapped person.  When our story ran last week, it seemed like the perfect fit.

Shirley Ford's two adult daughters aren't bedridden, they are simply disabled, but she didn't want to strip away their dignity by only giving them sponge baths.  Now, thanks to the generosity of complete strangers, she won't have to.

She said, "It just makes me feel like there is people in this world that still cares.  Sometimes you get kind of down and out and you really don't think that anybody cares about your problems, but when the phone started ringing, it really made me understand that they do.  They really do.  People in your community really cares about you."

People like Keith Pool.  He's the co-owner of Pool Brothers Construction, a company that specializes in flooring and custom showers.  When he heard Mrs. Ford's call for help, he felt compelled to respond.

Pool said, "We knew immediately that this was something that God was leading us to do."  He offered up his services free of charge.  Some money has been donated for materials, but Pool has worked with other businesses to get the rest donated, along with labor.

Pool said, "Everything we have is God given and all we're doing is taking what he's placed in our case and using it to glorify him because it's not about us, it's about helping others and if everybody took that approach, this world would be a better place."A better place for Sheila and Teresa, who will have a safer place to shower.

Ford said, "I don't even know how to explain it, it feels so good, but my girls are going to be really, really proud."

So proud, we'll let Teresa tell you just how happy they are.  She said, "We're so excited.  Bye-Bye."

It wasn't just businessmen who reached out to help the family, Ms. Ford received two checks in the mail from people wanting to help.  One for a hundred dollars, another for $500.  Albany ARC is also donating $2,000 to cover the cost of materials.

In addition to Pool Brothers Construction, Sellers Tile, DoCo Glass and Michael Pittman with Pittco have donated their talents and products to the bathroom renovation.  Contractor Jimmy Bolton also offered his services.

Once the work begins, it should take seven to ten days to complete.

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