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Volunteers and veterans repair home of widow of WWII vet

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Veterans group repairs Melrose home of WWII veteran's widow Veterans group repairs Melrose home of WWII veteran's widow
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Right now, prayers are being answered at Woodrow and Senate in the Melrose neighborhood.

"God can move mountains," said Freda Roseborough. "And he moved this one."

Roseborough's 72-year-old mother, Mary Davis, lives at the home. After losing a leg last year, she needed some renovations.

The widow of a World War II vet, Davis called around looking for some help. She got it -- and more.

"It went from being a ramp install, to a total gut-out home renovation," said Roseborough.

"It's extreme home makeover, vets edition!" said Bill "Lockjaw" Toomey.
     
Toomey and his veterans motorcycle group chipped in.  As Davis' story spread, volunteers rolled in.

"All I'd be doing on a Friday morning is sleeping," said USC student Kristen Whittaker. "I still got to sleep in a little then come and help and feel good about myself afterward!"

Whittaker's classmates are rotating in and out with the vets, working in shifts.

"We all have families and wives and we're just paying it forward," said Toomey. "Hopefully if our family ever needs help and we can't provide, the community will step up."

"You don't realize there are still so many good people here but their are," said Roseborough. "And they just keep coming. So many people have come together to make this happen for her. It's just unreal. Really and truly. "

Davis was not at her house Friday. Organizers put her up in a hotel until the big debut.  Volunteers will be working 24-7 and hope to be able to do the big unveiling Sunday.

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