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Jimmy Carter Led Habitat for Humanity Project One Day After Getting 14 Stitches

Jimmy Carter helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity just one day after getting 14 stitches in his face.

Jimmy Carter led a Habitat for Humanity home building the day after he fell at home and got 14 stitches.

“I got up this morning at home in [Plains, Georgia], getting ready to go to church because right after that we had a family reunion and everybody was coming to Nashville, and I feel down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and had to go to the hospital. And they [put] 14 stitches in my forehead and my eye is black, as you notice,” the former president, 95, stated. “But I had a #1 priority, and that was to come to Nashville to build houses.”

While in Nashville, Cater and his wife Rosalynn are working with Habitat for Humanity on his 36th Carter Work Project. Habitat homeowners and other volunteers are teaming up to build 21 new homes in the city’s Park Preserve neighborhood. The Carters have been building homes each year since 1984 in places like Miami, South Dakota, and Houston, as well as other countries around the world. According to the organization, they have helped build, renovate and repair 4,331 homes.

Last year, Carter surpassed the late George H. w. bush’s record as the oldest living president.
 

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