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President Jimmy Carter, Mrs. Carter and Garth Brooks build houses in Memphis

President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter joined Habitat for Humanity volunteers including Garth Brooks at a build site in Memphis today. Our colleague Jill Vejnoska is on the scene. Here are some photos and a video clip she captured.


“Welcome! You’re going to put us over 92,000 volunteers and 5,000 houses,” the former president told a packed ballroom at the historic Peabody Hotel late Sunday afternoon. It was the opening ceremony for Habitat for Humanity’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project taking place in Memphis through Friday.

Country star Garth Brooks joined the fun today:

It’s the second time in 10 months the Carters have put themselves to work here.Last November, they spent a day helping to build a single Habitat house in Memphis’s Uptown neighborhood. This week’s goals are a bit more ambitious: 19 new homes to be built in a section of town just north of Uptown, as well as 10 neighborhood beautification projects and a half dozen wheelchair ramps to be erected as part of an “aging in place” initiative that will allow seniors to stay in their homes.

Here's a compilation of Jill's snaps from the scene:

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