Helping Hands: Changing Lives

By: Courtney Lassiter
By: Courtney Lassiter

"Well, the ceiling is going to rot out, the floor is going to rot out and there's nothing I can do about it," Mildred King exclaimed, looking into her rotted-out ceiling.

What if your 73-year-old grandmother had finally paid off the only home she'd ever owned after 26 years. Just in time for things to start breaking, leaking and falling apart.

"I didn't see a way I could fix it. The kids couldn't fix it so I was stuck," King said. King, nor her children, can afford a new roof and new siding on her home, and as the doctor ordered, she's in no condition to even be outside. King is battling emphysema, a disease she fears will win.

Not only does King's condition and age make her tired, something else is keeping her up at night.

"I put buckets around the bathtub to catch the water, you have to teach yourself to wake up at night and check the buckets," King said hopelessly. "It made you want to cry, every time you went to the bathroom."

King, all alone after her husband abandoned their family many years ago, is used to doing things herself, but this job was just too overwhelming until Mike Duncan and The Kentucky Changers came to the rescue.

"Knowing that you got bills to pay, medicines to pay for, her own health problems -- we knew she needed help," Duncan explained.

With a few helping hands and some intense work, Mildred's roof was repaired, and she didn't have to pay a dime.

"To come and sleep on the floor of a high school, and to work all day in the hot sun starting at 6 a.m. and working until 11 p.m.," Duncan said about the grueling work, which according to himis more than worth it.

Volunteers like Seth Whittaker said giving is a gift. "You know, doing something like that for somebody its a good feeling."

"Oh I tell you, it was wonderful they stepped out onto that roof like they'd been there all their lives," King said with tears of joy in her eyes as she got her first full night of sleep during a rain storm.

"The way she acted was really sincere, she took us in like we were her own kids," Whittaker explained.

"Yeah I was happy, it looked like it did when I bought the house," King said.

The Kentucky Changers use King's story to show others what giving is all about.

Seth Whittaker is a big fan of "paying it forward" and he hopes you are too. "This not only changes the community. It changes you, it takes one individual to start something, it can lead to lives saved."

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