Project aiding widow of Vietnam veteran set for Sept. 28, 29

SMITHS STATION, AL (WTVM) - For the first time ever, Both Hands Foundation will partner with House of Heroes of Columbus.

On Friday Sept. 28 and Saturday Sept. 29, Jeff and Amanda Carroll will be participating in a Both Hands Project (one hand for the widow/one hand for the orphan).  They will be working on the home of Gertrude Collins of Smiths Station, AL.

Mrs. Collins is the widow of 1SG John Thomas Collins, a 21-year Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam.  Mrs. Collins' home is in great need of maintenance and improvements.

Volunteers will not only be helping this widow, but they will also be raising funds to offset the costs for the Carroll's adoption of two children—a sibling group of a 9-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl from India.

Volunteers will be sponsored for a day of labor much in the same way that a 5k marathon runner or golfer earns funds for a charity.

Because materials for the project are donated by local merchants, all sponsorship funds raised goes to offset the high cost of adoption.

This Both Hands/House of Heroes project has gained local support of volunteers and materials from Wynnbrook Baptist Church, Damascus Way, US Army Combative School Ft. Benning, CPJ Custom Homes, Ben B Gordy Construction Co, Home Depot, Lowe's, Rusty's Flooring, FedEx Kinko's, Lightning Graphic and Awards, Chick-Fil-A, Papa John's Pizza, and many more.

House of Heroes is an organization that recognizes, honors, and serves military veterans and their spouses for their sacrificial service to our country by providing much-needed home improvements.

Both Hands Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization "serving widows, orphans and adoptive families."  This nonprofit's purpose is to help people raise funds for orphans while serving widows through home improvement projects. Both Hands partners with Lifesong For Orphans to provide an innovative method to help reduce the financial barrier for adoption.

To date, Both Hands has raised more than $2,000,000, helped more than 200 widows, affected more than 225 orphans, enabled more than 6,000 people to serve a widow in need in their community, and completed more than 200 projects just like this one.

To donate to the project, contact House of Heroes at 706-569-7011 or Jeff Carroll at 678-708-8959. The address of this project is 563 Lee Road 941, Smiths Station, AL 36877.

To follow the Carroll's adoption online, visit their blog:

Donations can be made online through the Both Hands Foundation website:

To volunteer to work, sign up through the House Of Heroes website:

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