Home Renovations For Disabled Woman Nearly Complete

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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- A community is rallying around a woman who is disabled and in need of home renovations.

"Charity work is expensive and it's hard and I know they call it charity but at the end of the day there's a lot of costs that go into it," said Billy Gavigan who spearheaded the project.

About $150,000 has been donated to give Mary Davis a wheelchair accessible house, but retired marine and contractor Gavigan believes she's getting what's owed.

"Military spouses and people who care for them is even tougher because you're not being paid for the time," Gavigan said.

And around the block, Davis is known for giving a lot more than time.

"Everybody loves Grandma," Davis' grandson, Sylvester Hayes III said.

Hayes has lived there most of his life.

"This is our home, this is always going to be our home," Hayes said.

And while he's always had a soft spot for the home he grew up in in, there's a more permanent spot on his arm. Hayes, his uncle and two other childhood friends have the address tattooed. 

"My grandmother, she took care of all the kids from the neighborhood. Everybody from the neighborhood used to be in this same yard right here," Hayes said.

Now, not just the neighbors are helping out.

"The only people that really know her are the people from the neighborhood," Hayes said. "To have complete strangers who know nothing about her to come and help is just wonderful."

Although few have actually been residents, the community is saying this is home. 

The house still needs a fence, interior doors, bricks and more volunteers before the project is complete. On Wednesday, they're hoping to move Davis back in. If you would like to donate items, money or be a volunteer contact Kathy Dent at 803-960-2501.


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