After an EF-4 tornado devastated Lee County, Alabama, on March 3, East Alabama Medical Center began mobilizing quickly to help the community recover, but they needed someone to lead home construction efforts. They turned to a nonprofit they trusted, even though it did not operate in Lee County — the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project, our very successful covenant partner based in founder Millard Fuller's hometown of Lanett, Alabama.
Led by Executive Director Kim Roberts and her fearless passion for service, they accepted the challenge. They committed to build three houses. Then there were six. Then we brought the
2019 Millard Fuller Legacy Build
to Lee County for 11 more. There are now 18 new Fuller Center homes in Lee County that stand as monuments of hope in an ongoing recovery.
Hundreds of volunteers from the local community and across the nation — even a few from outside the U.S. — worked in record heat Sept. 29-Oct. 4 to build those 11 Legacy Build homes. Among those documenting the effort was a film crew from Crown Media, which has produced an hour-long special based on the recovery effort, the build week and some of our Fuller Center partner families' emotional stories — including those who lost family members in the tornado.
"Project Christmas Joy" airs at 9 p.m. EST tonight on Hallmark Drama. If you do not have Hallmark Drama through your cable provider, it also is available from satellite providers DirectTV and Dish, as well as from streaming services such as Sling, PlayStation VUE, Frndly TV and Philo. The special will be rebroadcast on Friday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9 a.m.; and lastly on Christmas Day at 8 p.m.