Dozens of volunteers in
Middletown are giving back to a deserving single mother in need of a break.
"It's way beyond anything I
could've ever imagined in a million years," said Elizabeth Edwards, who saw her
new home for the first time on Sunday.
Thanks to some generous donations
and hardworking volunteers, Elizabeth and her two boys, Logan and Leeland, have
a brand new home in Middletown.
"We've always been in a
place where they've had to share. This will be good for them to have
their separate space. They have everything, like Leeland and the
Bengals. That's his thing, and Logan and UK," added Edwards.
For Leeland, Sunday was a little
more special. He uses a wheelchair to get around and needed a place that
is all his own. Being such a huge Bengals fan, his new room is decked out
in Bengals gear with plenty of things from his favorite player, Andy Dalton,
including a personalized video. As Leeland entered the room, there was
another surprise waiting for him.
"It's great to sit there
with him, just find out who his favorite players were on the Bengals. He
loves the Bengals. It was an awesome feeling. I loved being in
there in the room with him," said Vinny Rey, a linebacker for the Bengals.
After some planning and
preparation, four days is all it took to save the home from destruction to the
shape it's in right now. A group called "Hands and Feet" is a ministry at
a local church that helped bring the whole project together.
"Here we are today, a house that
was going to be destroyed, and now it's living. There's life
inside. The family's inside. For Elizabeth, and for Leeland, and
for Logan, there couldn't be really a greater story," said Lamar Ferrell, who
is the lead pastor at Berachah Church.
There are a few small loose ends
that need tied up in the home, but the family couldn't be more grateful to have
a new place to call home.
"It is wonderful, so, so beautiful. It hasn't all set
in yet," Edwards told FOX19.
Before this new house, Edwards and her sons were renting another
place that didn't have a wheelchair ramp for Leeland. That's in the past
now as the volunteers at her new house put in two ramps for her son.
This is the eighth project the Hands and Feet group has completed.