Helping A Hero: House for Triple Amputee to be Completed Saturday

By: Lindsey Yates Email
By: Lindsey Yates Email

It's been nearly a year in the making but this Saturday Sergeant JD Williams and his family will unlock the door to their brand new house built by the Helping a Hero Organization.

Today they gave WBKO a sneak preview and tell us just how much work went into building a home fit for a local hero.

The four bedroom house valued at more than $410,000 is customized with wide hallways, a handicap shower, and numerous features to cater to Williams.

"These houses are fully adapted to the needs of these people who have lost limbs, who are in wheelchairs, whether you're blind, whatever the situation is so that when you get up in the morning your kitchen and bathroom are designed so you can be self sufficient," says Kelley Paul, Helping a Hero.

During his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Williams stepped on an IED that caused him to become a triple amputee, and those who knew the family made it their mission to give back.

"Here's this young couple with a new child and they get news like this so it was rally around how can we help," says Fred Higgins, a family friend.

After raising more than $100,000, with the aid of Helping a Hero and the support of the community a new life in a new home begins for the Williams family.

"Challenges are still going to be there but this will make it a little easier for him to deal with," says Higgins.

"He's a survivor. They have a beautiful little girl and we just want this family to know our community embraces them and supports them," says Paul.

Those who volunteered their time took the job to heart.

"Gods hands are all over this. All the construction workers a lot of these guys are just getting by and for them to give 100% and say I'm going to do all of the electric for free, I'm going to do all the plumbing for free, I'm going to do all of the roofing for free. For them to give that and reach down, that is just God at work," says Bennie Jones, Bennie Jones Construction.

The key presentation will be held this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Gift cards to welcome home the Williams family are encouraged.

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