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Some Raleigh Residents Celebrate "Christmas In April" With Home Makeovers

Posted April 28, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— For some people, Christmas can also come in April. Nine Raleigh homes heard sounds on their roofs on Saturday, but it was not from reindeer. It was the Christmas in April community project spreading joy.

"We got a whole cross section of people," says volunteer Mike Bolton. "We've got students, carpenters and lawyers. We've got them all, a whole community of people."

The presence of the volunteers was the ultimate present to Mildred McAlister. Her house was one of the homes in Raleigh receiving a Christmas in April makeover with the help of 250 volunteers from churches, businesses and community groups.

"This is her Christmas, her Mother's Day, her Easter and a new beginning," says volunteer Pearl Wilson Smith.

Volunteers are called on once a year, but the Christmas in April committee is on the lookout for homes in need of help year-round.

"I guess what we are looking for are additional houses to sponsor, so this is for homeowners that don't have the resources to make renovations to their own home," Bolton says.

Anyone who would like to volunteer for next year's Christmas in April rebuilding project or know of a candidate home can call the committee at919-816-0222.