Taken from a 6/10/12 Pamlico News article by Martha Hall -
Mary Monroe is 102-years-old and has been living at the Gardens of Pamlico in Grantsboro until work on her home in Stonewall is completed. Eight Days of Hope, a cadre of 1,700 persons from 42 states and three foreign countries, worked on Pamlico County homes for a period of 8 days, ending last weekend..
A crew has been working on Miss Mary’s house the entire time. The project may have to be turned over to the Baptist Men or the Methodist Men.
Last Saturday was the last day for the 8 Days of Hope project who had 389 projects waiting for them in 125 homes when they arrived on May 26th for their 8 days of labor.
The non-profit Christian group completed an estimated $1.6 million in labor In Pamlico County. Many of the volunteers took vacation time from work to come. For some, school was out and they volunteered. For others it was a family affair.
Gregory Gross, from Grace Lutheran Church in Chester County, Virginia, was working in Maribel, doing everything from kitchen sinks, toilets, flooring and cabinets.
“I called my cousin, Charlie Carter, a defense contractor in New Bern,” said Gross. “He was between projects and came over and helped.”
Bryant Miller watched from his wheelchair as 8 Days of Hope workers repaired his bathroom.
“I fixed it up as best I could,” said Miller. “I just couldn’t do it myself”
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