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Jimmy Carter back to building homes for Habitat for Humanity one day after fall

A day after suffering a fall in his Georgia home that led to stitches, 95-year-old former President Carter volunteered to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity in Tennessee.

In footage released Monday by NBC News that went viral online, Carter could be seen getting to work on some blocks of wood with a power drill in hand at a building site in Nashville. Carter, who had fallen in Plains, Ga., the day before, wore a white bandage on his head and had a bruise over his left eye.

Carter, the longest living U.S. president, required stitches above his brow after the fall.

{mosads}However, despite the injuries he was still found at a Habitat for Humanity event helping rally volunteers ahead of the upcoming building project later on Sunday.

He told the audience at the event that even though he had to go to the hospital earlier, he “had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.” 

This week’s build in Nashville is set to run from Oct. 6-11. Rowena Sara, a spokeswoman for Habitat for Humanity International, told The Hill in August that the build aims to see 21 homes completed. 

The build marks the 36th Habitat for Humanity project Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter, have volunteered for. 

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

“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 added earlier this year.

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