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07/13/08-Longview

Project Compassion Completes Classic Camaro

       A true labor of love was revealed Sunday at a Longview church as a gift for a man who has become an inspiration to those around him. For the last 7 weekends, friends and fellow church members, even the mayor of Kilgore, have been working to give Tom Wills a very unique gift called "Project Compassion."

     A 1976 rebuilt Camaro.

   "Project compassion felt that if they built this camaro for him he could use the show car and witness for the lord" says volunteer and Kilgore mayor Joe Parker.

      The Camaro is Wills' favorite car. Diagnosed with ALS or Lou Gehrigs disease, Wills is already suffering its effects, but his spirit is unshaken,   and that's what inspires his friends.

    "The main reason is to help Tom out and give him a ministry tool, its going to be a neat thing just to see the expression on his face" says project volunteer Jody Gooch.

    "Hard to believe that a group of people would get together and do that for me it just blew me away" Wills says.

     But he had no trouble with his emotion, when his rebuilt camaro was unveiled to him. It was overwhelming.

    "Thank you very much I have been blessed" Tom says.

    The volunteers estimate the car is worth $20,000-25,000.

   Amazingly none of them used their own money. The car was rebuilt through donations.

 

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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