FAIRFIELD, AL (WBRC) – Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were put to work on Friday morning.
The Carters arrived at the Habitat for Humanity site and got to work after a quick tour of one of the homes. President Carter began working on installing a doorknob into the home. The former First Lady began helping with the yardwork.
The Carters are visiting Birmingham as part of their 27th annual International Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, a spinoff project of Habitat for Humanity. The work project kicked off on World Habitat Day, which was this past Sunday. President Carter turned 86 on October 1st and will be visiting Birmingham and 5 other cities to build or revitalize 86 homes across the nation.
Country music legend Garth Brooks was also in town to help with the homebuilding. Brooks spent Thursday helping with the painting of new homes in the Wylam community. He also performed on Thursday night at a dinner to honor the Carters.
Habitat volunteers are building ten homes and renovating 18 more this week. Keys to the homes will be turned over to the new homeowners on Friday.