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Women Build Roofs For Mother’s Day

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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. -

They carry, cut and of course, chat; but more importantly, a group of 30 regular volunteers roof.

"It is so obvious that you are helping somebody who needs help," says Nell Bovender, coordinator of the Rutherford County Women Roofers.

For the past 10 years, the Women Roofers have worked countless hours on top of homes in the sun, all to keep a roof over their neighbor's head.

"This roof was just in really poor shape," Bovender said.

On Friday, the group was replacing the roof of a Spindale home. It would have cost the homeowner nearly $3,000 in labor and supplies, an expense that wasn't in their budget.

The Women Roofers have done almost 70 repair jobs, but Friday's job was special.

The group is dedicating their handiwork in honor of their mothers.

"It is nice to do something," said Lynn Blanton.

On Saturday, the ladies will be assisting Habitat for Humanity in building a new roof.

"I just love the camaraderie," said Janet Jolly.

Scared of heights, Jolly has found that she can help as much from down below, as others do on the roof.

In this line of work, the Women Roofers are proving age is only a number.

"I think one of the things that surprises folks who see us roofing is our age," says Bovender. "Our oldest roofer is 75."

The ladies have gained national attention. They were featured in "People" magazine last fall, but they say their true dream is to inspire the next generation of women locally.

Although it may seem like moms can do everything, they do need a little assistance from time to time; and eventually these ladies will be ready to pass the hammer.

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