A family in the east that has endured its share of heartaches will have a brand new home soon thanks to the help of countless strangers.
Members of different churches and faiths from as far away as Florida and Pennsylvania are in Washington County helping James and Sue Cahoon rebuild. Their home was destroyed last fall because they were in the middle of a roof repair when remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole blew through and flooded their house. They didn't have insurance and FEMA couldn't help much. Now a new volunteer crew arrives each week and helps them rebuild.
The Cahoon's know a lot about weathering life's storms. Losing the house was just one recent trial. Sue Cahoon says, "I have my husband at home, he has cancer. I have my mother, she's had a stroke." Cahoon's 55-year-old sister suddenly passed away last year and she took on the care of her 22-year-old daughter who has spina bifida.
The new home is being built with those needs in mind with wider doors, wider hallways and a handicap accessible sink.
Sue Cahoon says, "Mere words can't explain your gratitude and your thanks, and, just the spirit that there is still good people left in the world and there is good things happening in the world."
Organizers have raised $39,000, but estimate they're still about $6,000 short of the total costs. If you'd like to help with the difference you can donate to the Plymouth United Methodist church which is overseeing the project.