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Impact! Virginia. “They have done a fantastic job.”

Impact! Virginia volunteers completed their handicap ramp project in Hartfield with three cheers for Hazel and Charles Carter (above, center). (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

by Tom Chillemi

“Impact! Virginia should happen everywhere. It’s all about showing God’s love.” —Danny Adams

They came together from across the state. They met on a Sunday evening as strangers, with a common goal. Five days later, they had built something special for those in need, and became friends along the way.

This is “Impact! Virginia,” a program of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.

For Hazel Carter and her brother Charles of Hartfield, Impact! Virginia built a new 42-foot-long handicapped ramp and a small deck. The old one was too steep, said Hazel, who is 67 and cares for her disabled brother who is in a wheelchair. She had a hard time pushing him up the steep ramp. 

Hazel said she is grateful to have been chosen by Impact! Virginia. “They have done a fantastic job,” said Hazel. “There are so many people who need work done. I feel blessed.”

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 07.23.2014

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