Jimmy Carter is not planning to slow down anytime soon. The former president who just celebrated his 95th birthday was seen volunteering even after a fall that left him with a black eye and fourteen stitches
Some people surprise us with their enthusiasm to do more for society despite their unfavorable circumstances. Former American President Jimmy Carter is one such person. Though he finished his term as president in January 1981, Carter has been diligently working for the upliftment of the people around him. Over the years, he has been involved in many volunteering programs. One of them is the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
As a part of the project, Carter and his wife Rosalynn have made it an annual tradition to build homes with a nonprofit Christian housing organization called Habitat for Humanity. This year too was no exception. Despite the injuries from a fall in his home on 6 October, 2019, the 95-year-old president was present at the 36th year of the volunteering program, according to People.
Hours after the fall, he made his initial appearance in Nashville addressing the people gathered at the opening building project rally. Despite having fourteen stitches and a black eye, Carter was all ready to kick start the volunteer week that aims to build new porches for 21 homes reported CNN.
Before starting the event, the humanitarian took to the podium with a gauze bandage partially covering the bruises near his left eye. He addressed the crowd of volunteers at the building site for a time of worship.
"I got up this morning … I was getting ready for church, right after that we had a family reunion and we were coming to Nashville. I fell down and hit my forehead on a sharp edge and had to go to the hospital. And they took 14 stitches in my forehead and my eye is black, as you've noticed," said Carter with a swelling across his cheekbone. "But I had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses," added Carter. He then went on to share stories of Jesus and how every individual can "be a complete success in the eyes of God."
His wife and country music couple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood along Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee were also present on stage. After the morning devotion, Carter joined hands with other volunteers to construct the houses. He was seen helping others glue, drill and nail pieces of wood to build corbels at Nashville’s Park Preserve neighborhood. Nothing seemed to have slowed down the former President.
Carter along with his wife have volunteered all over the United States. They have also traveled to work alongside 103,000 volunteers in 14 countries.