Georgia Ports Authority volunteers rehabilitate Garden City home

Georgia Ports Authority volunteers rehabilitate Garden City home
(Source: WTOC)

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - City leaders and the Georgia Ports Authority leadership restored a Garden City home on Saturday morning.

What started as knock from a code enforcement inspector asking if Sherill Anderson needed her house painted turned into new paint, new floors, and a new life thanks to those volunteers.

"Knowing that we can make a difference, at least every once in a while, directly in people's lives, it's a wonderful feeling," said Robert Morris, senior director of the GPA corporate communications. "You know, to be able to walk away after spending a day improving someone's life. It's a really wonderful feeling."

For Anderson, it's an overwhelming one.

"I'm overwhelmed," Anderson said. "I'm thankful. I feel blessed. I was crying last night. I couldn't get to sleep because they picked me. I don't know how it could have happened."

She says those volunteers will never know how grateful she is for their time and effort, but the housing team says that kind of reaction makes the work worth it.

"That's why we do this," said Sharon Bethune, the co-chair of the Garden City housing team. "It's to help people who can't do this for themselves, whether it's someone like Sherrill that's a younger person or if it's one of our senior citizens."

All they see is the need, and they work to meet it.

But for Anderson, this renovation is an answered prayer.

"I prayed and I prayed for a way, and it all started with that knock on my door when I really needed it the most," Anderson.

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