Ruth Prince has lived in her home near Houston Avenue for 67 years.
Over the past three weeks, it has taken on a completely new look.
The 94-year-old Macon woman, a widow living on a fixed income, said she prayed after her oven and washing machine gave out, and she did not have the money to replace them.
Her prayers were answered.
Less than 24 hours after her story appeared on November 29 as the first installment in the eight-part Reindeer Gang series, the phones starting ringing at Rebuilding Macon, an organization that rehabilitates the houses of low-income homeowners and focuses on those who are elderly or disabled.
Debra Rollins, executive director of Rebuilding Macon, said more than 70 people came forward to help Prince, more than any other individual or family in the 16 years she has worked at the nonprofit.
“It is more than we have ever experienced,” Rollins said. “It is because her story is so good. She has touched a lot of lives.”
Not only will Prince receive a new oven, but also a stove and range hood. She already has a new washing machine and dryer, as well as new carpet in her living room and dining room to replace the old carpet, which had holes in it. Also, her house was painted, and several repairs were made.
— Ed Grisamore