Jimmy Carter Participates in Building Homes for Needy Despite Injury

habitatforhumanity Oct 09, 2019 Steven

Jimmy Carter, 95, the oldest ever living US president showed up on a home building event organized by Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee, one day after he suffered an injury by fall.

Carter had 14 stitches close to his eyes on Sunday, Sept. 30, due to a fall at his house in Plains, GA. He not only showed up to the event along with his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, 92, on Tuesday but also participated in the physical work of building the houses.

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“I had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses,” Carter said on Monday. This building project is the former President’s 36th Project with Habitat for Humanity.

“With our freedom, every one of us can make a basic decision. … ‘What kind of person do I, myself, choose to be?'” said Carter in the morning devotion for volunteers who participated in the project on Tuesday.

“He said every person can be a complete success in the eyes of God,” he said.

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on Twitter

WATCH: Former President Carter, the oldest living former president in US history, helps lead a build of Habitat for Humanity homes in Nashville one day after falling at his home and receiving stitches above his eye. https://t.co/3PZXXetDRu @HarrySmith has the story now. https://t.co/S0HKTUaldV

This is not the first time Carter showed up to a building project despite the injury. Carter was present in another building project organized by Habitat for Humanity in May after he had broken his hip following a fall at his home. He is also a survivor of grim cancer in 2015.

Habitat for Humanity on Twitter

Our Better Angels, written by Habitat CEO @JReckford with a foreword by President Carter, is available now! The two sat down today at the Carter Work Project to discuss the book and Habitat’s greater impact. 📖 https://t.co/5zDzeMsPVu 🏠#HabitatCWP https://t.co/BP9mOwp6Ii