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Paint brushes give East Texans the opportunity to help those in need

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Dozens of volunteers painting (Source: KLTV Staff) Dozens of volunteers painting (Source: KLTV Staff)
Catherlene Sinclair getting a look at her new paint job (Source: KLTV Staff) Catherlene Sinclair getting a look at her new paint job (Source: KLTV Staff)
CHAPEL HILL, TX (KLTV) - A house that is nearly 60 years old got a much needed paint job Saturday. Habitat for Humanity of Smith County partnered with dozens of volunteers to get the job done for an 85-year-old Chapel Hill woman.

Catherlene Sinclair, 85, was born and raised in Chapel Hill. She grew up just a few miles away from the house she's lived in for nearly sixty years.

"I moved here I think November of 56' and I've been here ever since," Sinclair said.

Sinclair's husband built this house but she can't remember the last time exterior work was done on it.

"Oh, it's been a while," Sinclair said. "He's been gone seven years."

It may have been a while since the widow's home got a touch up but that's why volunteers showed up Saturday.

"We're able to paint her house and bless her for the gracious lady she is," said Habitat for Humanity of Smith County senior construction supervisor Steve Pepenella.

This is the first time Habitat for Humanity of Smith County used their newly donated trailer for the "A Brush With Kindness" program. It was also the first time many of volunteers picked up a paint brush.

"I had no idea that it was going to be that many people giving their time and everything on a weekend," Sinclair said.

Sinclair says she was surprised to have dozens of nurses show up to help revitalize her home.

"You find the underground in any place you go, and I call it the underground," Pepenella said. "Its people you never see in the business day to day, and I'm blessed to see it."

The home owner says she filled a form out about a year ago asking for help with the outside of her house. She says she knows there's many other East Texans in need but the help she has received Saturday was a blessing.

"Makes you feel good; it's a good mother's day gift," Sinclair said.

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