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Nail by Nail, Baptist Men Rebuild Halifax Woman's World

Posted March 6, 2008

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— Nail by nail, the North Carolina Baptist Men are putting Wendy Pittman's world back together, nearly 10 months after a house fire destroyed it.

On May 4, 2007, a fire destroyed Pittman's Vance Street home and killed four of her pets. "All I saw was smoke that was so black and dark gray that I couldn't see the ceiling," she recalled.

Pittman lost all her belongings in the fire and did not have insurance on the house. Then a month later, her fiancee died of cirrhosis of the liver.

"Sometimes just bad things happen to good people," Ron Garrett, with N.C. Baptist Men, said.

By January, the story of Pittman's plight had spread through the town, and Habitat for Humanity had referred her to the N.C. Baptist Men. The all-volunteer group aims to help North Carolinians hit hard by disasters.

Organizers estimated they gathered more than $40,000 in donations and said volunteers to help rebuild Pittman's house were easy to find.

"We have a group of people that are just coming out of the woodwork, literally," Garrett said.

N.C. Baptist men tore down the old house and began building one anew. Starting from scratch, volunteers built a foundation and frame for the house in one month.

"It's going up amazingly fast," said Lawrence Sandy, an official with the N.C. Baptist Men. "We're going to build this house in record time."

Sandy said he hopes that Pitman will be in her new home sometime in June.

"I feel like a kid at Christmas," Pittman said. The best gift, though, she said, is see how so many people can care so much.

"They are wonderful," Pittman said. "I said they're my angels I can see."

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  • haggis basher Mar 7, 2008

    Nice to see religion actually doing some good. Hopefully the guys are doing it because its the right thing to do do, not just because its good for their chances of getting into their putative "hereafter".....BTW you can do the same thing without the religious mumbo jumbo by helping "Habitat for Humanity" as I have, in a small way, in the past.

  • hedgy_one Mar 7, 2008

    I hope people willl read this story and realize that Christians are about showing their faith as much as they are about verbalizing it! The Baptist Men ARE a great group of men, as "toot" said.... This is a great story.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Mar 7, 2008

    Great new about the people of Roanoke Rapids.....good people are more important than bad decisions anytime.

  • just my2cents Mar 7, 2008

    Amen Toot! They are a great bunch a men, and come together for the good of the community and expevt nothing in return. I, too, am glad she is getting a hand up.

  • toot Mar 7, 2008

    The NC Baptist Men is a great group of guys. They have served people after every storm, flood and natural disaster in the past 10 years and do it only to show the love of Christ. I am glad this lady has gotten a new start.