• Woman, 98, gets home makeover

    By: Erica Bennett


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - For a lot of people, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is about a day of service, not a day off. That couldn't be more on time for a local 98-year-old, who watched volunteers spruce up her home.

    You name it, Clementine Shine’s home has it.

    “Gardening, weeding, raking,” volunteer Keisha White said.

    Volunteers from Wells Fargo, United Way and Hands On Jax spent the day helping Shine, who was born in 1916.

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    “I’m just flabbergasted. I can’t praise God enough,” Shine said.

    Although she has trouble walking, Shine remains sharp. She got a lot out of the home makeover, and so did the volunteers.

    “(It) feels good working outside on a beautiful day, helping others,” one said.

    City Councilman Jim Love even lent a hand.

    “It makes you feel good when you're able to help folks like that,” he said.

    King not only stood for non-violence and equal rights, he stood for helping others -- white, black, brown, yellow, he wanted everyone to get along.

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    “Different ethnicities, ages, cultural backgrounds. I think that really is the fulfilling of the dream Martin had for us,” White said.

    At her age, Shine said, there's no way she could have shown her home so much TLC. She saidshe'll never forget this day of service.

    “From the littlest person to the biggest one, they showed me love, and that means so much to a person," she said.

    Shine is also in need of a new roof. It’s leaking, and patched together with a tarp. She says she hopes it will be fixed one day.

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