2011-11-10 / Front Page

A LABOR OF LOVE

CNB teams with non-profit to aid Chandler woman
BY CHAD WILSON


Above, Citizens National Bank employee Courtney Ruble removes a window from a mobile home in Sportsman's Paradise Saturday as part of a community service project with Henderson County based Labor of Love. Right, CNB vice president Charla Hendrix helps put down the steps in the fire escape built on one of the home's backdoors. 
PHOTOS BY CHAD WILSON Above, Citizens National Bank employee Courtney Ruble removes a window from a mobile home in Sportsman's Paradise Saturday as part of a community service project with Henderson County based Labor of Love. Right, CNB vice president Charla Hendrix helps put down the steps in the fire escape built on one of the home's backdoors. PHOTOS BY CHAD WILSON A for-profit and a non-profit have teamed up to continue a tradition of helping citizens who find themselves in need.

Citizens National Bank of Chandler joined Henderson County Labor of Love Saturday to build a fire escape, replace a window and more for Jana Davenport of Sportsman’s Paradise.

“Saturday was great,” CNB Vice President Charla Hendrix said. “The weather was good and we had a great time. It was a blessing to help. We try to do several projects a year to help out in our communities.”

The Labor of Love, a United Way agency of Henderson County, is a faithbased volunteer organization that provides free home repairs to the handicap, indigent elderly, single mothers and grandmothers raising grandchildren across all of Henderson County.

“Labor of Love is a wonderful organization that does such a good job in Henderson County helping people in need,” Hendrix said. “I believe as a business in town, we need to participate in community projects and events in Chandler and Brownsboro as much as possible. I have a great group of folks I work with that are always willing to help in any way they can. I am blessed to work with such a wonderful group.”

Joining Hendrix at Sportsman’s Paradise Saturday representing Citizen’s National Bank were Cliff Smith, Cody Markgraf, Courtney Ruble, D'laine Folden, Aryn Fancher and Erica Howell.

“Though the work was hard, there was still time for good natured kidding and creating great memories,” Labor of Love Project Manager Roy Talbot said. “All CNB team members participated, handling screw guns and hammers with the best of them. Henderson County is fortunate to have such dedicated and willing people who like the team from Citizen’s National Bank gave up a Saturday to help those less fortunate within our community.”


Joining CNB vice president and Chandler branch manager Charla Hendrix, seated, at Sportsman's Paradise Saturday representing Citizen's National Bank were, not in particular order, Cliff Smith, Cody Markgraf, Courtney Ruble, D'laine Folden, Aryn Fancher and Erica Howell. Joining CNB vice president and Chandler branch manager Charla Hendrix, seated, at Sportsman's Paradise Saturday representing Citizen's National Bank were, not in particular order, Cliff Smith, Cody Markgraf, Courtney Ruble, D'laine Folden, Aryn Fancher and Erica Howell. The group focused on two main projects on the mobile home located on Fox Lane in Sportsman’s Paradise.

One of the projects was replacing a window that had been cracked while the second project was building a set of stairs to be used as a fire escape on one of two backdoors.

The Labor of Love assisted 199 families in 2010 through a variety of home repairs including the construction of wheelchair ramps, installing grab bars, widening bathroom entrances, fixing rotted front steps, repairing leaking faucets and roofs, holes in floors and windows.

“We have over 20 years of home repair experience with a focus on health and safety issues,” Talbot said. “We take great pride in our accomplishments.

Our all-volunteer organizations worked hard, long hours in good weather and bad expending 4,327 hours to complete 199 projects. Included in 2010 was the construction of 27 wheelchair ramps and the repair or replacement of many roofing projects.”

The Labor of Love serves all of Henderson County and is open to volunteers at any time while always keeping an ear open to those in need.

“If you need assistance, call 903-675-LOVE and ask for an application to be mailed to you. We will take it from there,” Talbot said. “If you would like information or to join our team of volunteers, please call the same number and request a phone call.”

The people of Henderson County can take great pride in its volunteers, like those who are part of Labor of Love and their willingness to give of their time to improve the quality of life for the less fortunate families living among us.

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