Hughes Family’s Both Hands Project - helps orphans and widows

Dustin and Emily Hughes, along with 34 volunteers, worked on the home of Ada Turley May 3 to help raise funds for the Both Hands Foundation.

The Hughes family helped bring in around $11,000 through donations and sponsorships, Dustin said, with the money helping to offset their costs of adopting a 22-month-old boy from China while helping Turley, a widow of 14 years.

The Both Hands Foundation is a nonprofit that helps families raise money for orphans while serving widows through home improvement projects.

“My wife and I started going through the adoption process about 5 years ago, and then we learned about the Both Hands Foundation sometime last summer,” Hughes said. “We knew of Ada through Temple Baptist Church and asked if she’d be willing to be a part of it, and she agreed. After that, we began putting a team together.”

Team members and volunteers then asked to be sponsored for their day of work on Ada’s house to help raise funds for the adoption, Hughes said. In addition, local businesses and merchants donated supplies such as paint and lumber as well as gift certificates for Turley to use at her convenience.

“It was amazing all the help we got from people we went to,” Hughes said. “You get the sense that God’s hand was involved in all of this.”

Hughes and the volunteers painted Ada’s garage, built a new split-rail fence, repaired an existing fence, stained a deck and cleaned her flowerbed to prepare for springtime planting, Hughes said.

Supplies came from Brady’s West, Hylton Lumber, Sherwin Williams, Poncha Lumber, CP’s Portables and Murdoch’s. Lunch came from Subway, and gift certificates were given to Turley from The Country Bounty and VN Nails.

The project was originally scheduled for a weekend in March, but several bad-weather stints and a Hughes family trip to China to pick up their adopted son delayed the project until May 3.

“We left for China March 19 and returned April 9, and Kreede is now with us and trying to keep up with his three siblings,” Hughes said. “We are extremely blessed to have him as part of our family.”

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Article by: Nick Jurney, Mail Staff Writer for the Mountain Mail

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