Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Chrismas in April ' 04

Our 6th Christmas in April turned out to be both productive and pleasant. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect day -- in the 70's and NO rain!  We had 16 volunteers.

Our homeowner was a lovely 80 year old woman whose house had lots of problems. She didn't have family in the area to help her and all of her friends seemed to be her age. (What are the chances?)

Teresa Creel was our house captain.  We worked with her two years ago.  She's very organized and comes complete with her brother Tommy (a carpenter) and another friend Patrick.  Teresa told us she was thrilled to have the GSUMC team again.  She thinks we are hard workers.

The biggest problem was the basement.  There was a water problem, so we scraped, caulked, and painted with Stay-Dri paint. Our gardening crew dug up the irises along both sides of the house and we added soil bank the water away from the house.  The gutters were cleaned.  All the windowsills were painted in the LR, DR, and kitchen.  A new AC unit was installed (a birthday present from her neighbor!) and a new light fixture and switch were installed in the bathroom.  We painted shutters, doors, window trim, and the front of the house.

We left tired but pleased that we were able to help.

---Janice Taggert

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