Fix John Henry's House

My name is David Cody. I met Mr. John Henry Jones while pumping gas. He asked if I could help him pump some fuel into a can he had in the trunk of his car. I went in and paid for his fuel, filled the can and placed it back in his car. He appeared to be very frail physically yet totally aware mentally. He struck me as someone who was very lonely as we stayed in the lot talking for almost an hour. I've learned a lot about Mr. Jones since that first encounter.

Mr. John Henry Jones was born on Oct. 2nd 1926. He is a native of NC and spent most of his life in the Swannanoa Valley of Western NC. He was married to his wife for 61 years and they had two children. Mr. Jones lost his beloved wife several years ago and cry's every time he speaks of her. Says Mr. Jones "In 61 years we never had one single argument or disagreement" He now lives alone in the house they shared for most of those 61 years. His children and Grandchildren live out of state.

John Henry is a proud veteran of WW ll and served as what he refers to "a ground solider". He say's, I was  scared and wanted to go home but had a duty to perform. I was a lucky one, I made it home but a lot of my buddies didn't. I did all I could to help them.

Now Mr. Jones needs help. He called and asked me to come look at his roof to see if I could fix the leaks. I went up and inspected his roof and determined it could not be repaired instead would require a complete replacement, including removing a crumbling chimney. I personally do not have the resources to pay for this on my own. I do have the knowledge to see it's done right. Any donations received will be applied toward replacing Mr. Jones roof. If any funds are left over they will be used to help pay for food and medicine.

I consider Mr. Jones to be an American hero. I am honored to call him my friend and I consider it an honor and a blessing to help him.

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