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Volunteers give a woman a home makeover before the holidays

More than 20 volunteers with Duke Energy and Brunswick County's Home Safe program repaired and renovated a home Southport on Thursday. (Source: WECT) More than 20 volunteers with Duke Energy and Brunswick County's Home Safe program repaired and renovated a home Southport on Thursday. (Source: WECT)
SOUTHPORT, NC (WECT) -

More than 20 volunteers with Duke Energy and Brunswick County's Home Safe Program repaired and renovated a home in Southport on Thursday.

They worked at Lela Tobler's house, replacing doors and lighting, putting in new floors and painting rooms in the home. Tobler was recently hospitalized, and her husband served the country as a U.S. Marine.

Karen Williams with Duke Energy said they found the family was in need of repairs to their home from Brunswick County's Home Safe program. 

“We really believe in our communities and we’re thankful for our communities,” Williams said. “This is just the time of year where it’s important to stop and be thankful and to help others out where we can.”

Tobler said the repairs are long overdue, but haven't been in the budget. All the work and materials were free of charge to the family.

"I knew if we prayed long enough our prayers would be answered. There’s still good people in the world,” Tobler said.

Williams said the company volunteers often and participates in toy drives. She said this year they wanted to do something special.

Tobler worked for Duke Energy more than 20 years and said it meant a lot to see so many people out to help.

“When we pull together we can do a lot, not just for this but for many things going on in this world,” Tobler said.

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