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Community gives 96-year-old woman's home a much-needed makeover

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Updated: 1/01 10:46 am
ORLANDO, Fla. — Along Raleigh Street in Orlando sits a home that belongs to 96-year-old Elizabeth Smith.

To say the house had a few problems would be an understatement.

"When I got ready to step in the front door I started to fall down into the floor," said volunteer Regina Hall.

But then members of the community stepped in to help Smith start the new year off on the right foot.

"We had to come in and just rebuild it," said contractor Eugene Roberson, Jr.

The group called the project 24 Hours for Mrs. Smith. They spent three months planning, raising money and spending about $40,000 to give the home its much-needed makeover.

They painted inside and out. They repaired the bathroom.

The group filled the bedrooms with new, donated furnishings, and remodeled the kitchen and filled it with new, donated appliances.

On New Year's Eve Smith came back to her home and saw the work that had been done.

"It's been so fulfilling," said volunteer Regina Hall.

"I'm very thankful," Smith told the group.

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