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04/19/08-Longview

Volunteers Start Rebuilding Demolished Home

An East Texas senior citizen gets to see the transformation of his new home, thanks to some student volunteers.  You may remember KLTV 7 showed you the demolition of Sye Jackson's, 80 home in Longview back in February.  Saturday, LeTourneau University students and community members began to rebuild. 

It's called project Jehovah Jireh, which means god provides.  A board at a time and a nail at a time, volunteers from Red Oak Baptist Church and LeTourneau University students began to put up the walls on Jackson's new home and Jackson has been there every step of the way.

"I'm thankful to see them out here too, glad to see them out here and everybody's working hard it's fine," said Jackson.

"It's just important to show we care about people especially our elders you know," said LeTourneau student volunteer Ryan Reynolds.

"It's just very exciting especially now that its good weather and the foundations laid," said volunteer Autumn Miller.  "We're excited to start making more progress."  Weather hampered the effort to start rebuilding the home, but with sunny skies the work will go at a furious pace to give Jackson a new home with an estimated value of $50,000.  Jackson has remained patient and in good spirits.

"We're really excited to see that he's excited," said Reynolds.  "It's cool to see just his attitude about it, and the fact that he's out here all the time and got a sense of humor about it."

"I jump for joy and pray, but I do that all the time," said Jackson.  Jackson's old home was literally falling down around him, but through donations of materials, money and labor, he'll never have to live that way again.

"They didn't have to do it, but they're doing it that's right, and I'm thankful" said Jackson.  Jackson's home is expected to be complete by late May.  Materials, labor and monetary donations are still needed.  If you would like to help, call LeTourneau University.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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