Nacogdoches Co. woman feels bond with volunteers

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Jerry Jackson met her UM Army only three days ago and they're already calling her "mom."

A title she gladly accepts.

"Well, I couldn't have done it, okay," Jackson said. "I couldn't have done it without this group."

The group is replacing Jackson's worn floor and building a lengthy wheelchair ramp for her grandson, a hemophiliac.

"That means he's either bed ridden or wheelchair ridden," Jackson said.

Today's a good day. He's up and around and enjoying new friends. Jackson calls those days God-given, just like all the work more than 125 volunteers, representing nine churches from Texarkana to south of Houston are sharing all this week.

"I'm learning a lot about wheelchair ramps," one volunteer said.

"They've just worked their little buns off since they've been here," Jackson said.

This week the UM ARMY is blessed by cloud cover. This work can be hot and dirty, but there are seldom very many complaints.

"We know when it comes down to it, it does make an impact" volunteer Kayla Deville said.

"We get just as much out of it as she does," volunteer Heath Cameron said. "An awesome feeling to be helping somebody."

Jackson calls them a wonderful group-learning compassion.

"Young people today don't realize they've lost it, but ya'll are all gaining it back," Jackson said. "And it makes me cry because I'm proud of them."

A bond like that will serve for a lifetime.

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