Nova Scotia

Community builds Sydney River woman new home

Thanks to the generosity of friends and neighbours, a Sydney River woman will soon have a new house.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and neighbours, a Sydney River woman will soon have a new house.

"It's nice to have a good story, and this is my story — my very good story," said Elizabeth Barrie, a widow whose home was in a state of serious disrepair.

A local businessman and family friend, Les Carabin, said he was moved in a dream to somehow build her a new house.

Carabin said he dragged his feet for a while but then shared his story with friends and acquaintances, who got together and began a construction project.

Barrie said she was in a state of disbelief until she actually saw the excavation.

"The day I came home and the hole was dug in the ground I think I smiled the whole afternoon and I just couldn't get it off my face," Barrie said with a laugh. "It's amazing what a hole in the ground can do for you, and now it's really something."

To date, people from several churches, neighbours and other volunteers have put up a foundation, walls and roof trusses.

"We are looking for donations and I was working it out the other night and I need about 120 people that would give $1,000 dollars each."

Barrie said it's hard to put into words what people have done for her.

"I'm blessed. I have some of the most marvelous friends and neighbours that anyone could ever have."

Les Carabin said he's hoping to see Barrie and her daughter in the house by November.

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