Thomas Co. volunteers help rebuild storm victim's home

Thomas Co. volunteers help rebuild storm victim's home

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) - More than 30 volunteers are hard at work with Habitat for Humanity helping a Thomas County storm victim build a new home.

The home will soon belong to Sylvester Sharp, a man whose disability only allows him to get around in a wheelchair.

Sharp was home when the storms demolished his house back in January.

"We decided to build him a home to replace the one that was destroyed," said Ken Manwaring, Habitat for Humanity Thomas County Director.

High school students and local volunteers are coming together to help build new homes in replacement of ones that were completely demolished by tornado back in January.

"I looked around at the damage and saw torn roofs and stuff like that. It upset me to see that. I had to bunker down and start helping more," Lawaun Huewitt - Tucker, student.

"We were very blessed that we weren't hit but other people weren't so blessed and we need to help those people," Dan Salveter, Bishop Hall Charter School.

Sylvester Sharp was among many left without home and Manwaring says he knew he needed to help Sharp in some way.

"He was out there in his wheelchair picking up limbs and taking them to the road and I said Sylvester what can we do for you to help you,"

So now all four walls are almost up and before he knows it Sharp will have roof over his head once again.

"Its just been an outpouring of the whole community to help him get a home. Very happy he will smile all the time," said Manwaring

Its that heart touching moment when the home is finally complete that volunteers say makes all of the hard work worth it in the end.

 "If they live in Thomas County, for the rest of their lives they can look back and say I helped with that house, I helped put a family in that house," said Salveter.

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