Tip of the hat: Generosity brings Bells a new home
Oct 20, 2011 | 690 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A 4-year-old girl wielded a shovel to break ground on a new house in the Shoal Creek Valley last week. No, it wasn’t a violation of the child labor law; it was a special privilege for little Malea Bell to start the construction on her new house. Malea and her family lost their house to the April 27 tornado that ripped through the valley.

The Bells — Malea and her parents, John and Denise — have been living with Denise’s parents, Tony and Gloria Layton. And while Malea loves her grandparents, she’s eager to get back into a bedroom of her own.

She’ll soon be able to do that, thanks to the intervention of Volunteers of America and a donation from the Poarch Creek Indians.

“We just started dreaming and put together several partnerships to help us,” explained Rick Ousley, who brought the Bells together with the Poarch Creeks. “We are going to get these folks in a fine, fine home.”

It is a fine act of generosity that is bringing the Bells a new home and soon will have Malea sleeping in her own bed.

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