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Jimmy Carter plans return to building homes for Habitat for Humanity after hip surgery

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Former President Jimmy Carter will again help build homes for Habitat for Humanity months after breaking his hip earlier this year, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Carter is scheduled to join his wife, Rosalynn, in building homes in Nashville, Tenn., in early October.

{mosads}A spokesman for Habitat for Humanity International confirmed the news to the Hill.

“There have been many times when people have tried to count President Carter out, and they have never been right,” Bryan Thomas, a representative for the nonprofit organization, said. “We are excited that they will both [be] back.”

The Carter Center, a human rights nonprofit organization founded by the former president and his wife in 1982, also confirmed to the local paper that the Carters would be volunteering in a build in October.

The build is reportedly scheduled to take place from Oct. 6-11 and aims to have 21 homes completed. 

“During the week, homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers to build 21 new, affordable homes. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who have worked alongside the Carters for over a decade, will also volunteer during the build week,” Rowena Sara, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit told The Hill.

“Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable housing for all, donating their time and leadership to build and improve homes through the Carter Work Project,” she continued.

Sara said the former first couple has worked with over 103,000 volunteers help build and repair 4,331 homes across 14 countries.

The Carter Center told The Hill back in May that the former president had broken his hip at his home in Plains, Ga., while he was getting ready to head out for a turkey hunt.

Carter returned to teaching Sunday school shortly after his surgery later in May.

In March, Carter became the longest-living former president in the nation’s history. 

The Hill reached out to Habitat for Humanity International and the Carter Center for comment.

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