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Christmas in April, Prince George's County

This story comes to us from Freddi Vaughn: 

Prince George’s County, Maryland – Months of planning and preparation will bring great rewards to 84 local homeowners and the 3,500 volunteers who help them on Saturday, April 30 as Prince George’s County celebrates Christmas in April Event Day – our 23rd year. Christmas in April, one of the county’s leading volunteer organizations, has been preserving and revitalizing low-income houses and communities since 1989.

All over the county, disabled homeowners will now enjoy new wheelchair ramps and grab bars, appliances and much needed carpentry, electrical and plumbing work.

Christmas in April, Prince George’s County works to make a sustainable impact in partnership with businesses and organizations where volunteers serve. Volunteers, with the help of national and local sponsors and product and material donors, work to ensure that elderly homeowners, particularly those who are low-income and disabled, live in warmth, safety and independence. We restore dignity and we restore neighborhoods. To date, we will have repaired in Prince George’s County alone, 2,000 homes with the help of over 65,700 volunteers with an estimated 34 million dollars worth of donated labor.

Some examples of the people who will be helped this year are: A remarkable 98 year old gentleman – WWII veteran with honors from Harry Truman and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) presented by Maj. James Dula; founded Floodlight Studios on U Street in 1958; is still an active volunteer with the Guiding Light organization helping youth and elderly. A single parent, who is a recent cancer survivor, financially challenged due to expensive home modifications needed to care for her 19 year old paraplegic son – result of tragic accident on beltway in January of this year (21 year old son was killed in same accident).

An 82 year old homeowner who has been sleeping on one half of his bed, which was covered in plastic due to a severely leaking roof - the roof has already been replaced because of the urgency of the situation. The remaining repairs will be completed on April 30. A mother and son who both suffer from paralysis and use wheelchairs – she from a recent massive stroke causing her to be paralyzed on one side and have a speech impediment and he from a gunshot wound which paralyzed him from the waist down since he was 21 (he’s 39 now).

For more information about Christmas in April, Prince George’s County, visit our website at www.christmasinaprilpg.org .


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