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Pres. Carter, First lady wrap up week of service in Memphis

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

It's been a week of work, hammers, saws, and noise, but 19 homes are now in the Bearwater Park area in North Memphis thanks to the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

Construction on the Habitat for Humanity homes completed Friday afternoon and are now ready to serve as homes to their new families.

Work crews put away their gear and left the work site Friday afternoon. Many of them spent the entire week helping revitalize the uptown Memphis area.

In addition to the 19 homes, they completed 10 neighborhood beautification projects around Shelby County.

"A wonderful way for me to give back to a city I've always loved," volunteer from Jackson, MS, Peggy Hampton said. "I've visited and had so many good times growing up."

President Carter thanked the entire community for their support and help during Friday night's closing ceremony. He said of all the cities he worked in for Habitat for Humanity, Memphis has been the best.

"In all the 33 years we've worked in the past, we've never had a better host country, a better host town, a better host community than Memphis, Tennessee," Carter said. "I want to thank you for that."

But, not all the volunteers were from the Bluff City or the Mid-South. Some traveled a long distance to come and help.

Volunteers like Anna Armstrong, who came from Seattle, Washington, said now that the week is over, she doesn't want to leave.

"I'm almost in tears. I almost don't want to leave the project," Armstrong said. "Although I'm tired and I need to rest, but I could do this everyday, because it's such a wonderful thing."

Carter will be headed to Canada next year for his project.

"If they meet the standards that Memphis met we'll have another great year next year," Carter said.

He said he is grateful for everyone who came to help during the week's project in Memphis and hopes this work continues.

Carter wrapped up the week with a trip to the Memphis Redbirds game.

He said he'll be back in the Bluff City next year.

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