Woman injured in car crash to get new home in Dobson

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DOBSON, N.C. — A woman seriously injured in a car crash is getting a new home thanks to her church and local Surry County community.

Members of “Operation Katie” held a groundbreaking on Sunday for the new home being built for 21-year-old Katie Bledsoe and family.

Katie Bledsoe suffered major brain damage in a car wreck in 1994. She has struggled to move around in her home and has been in a wheelchair ever since.

A Bible study group came up with an idea to help her about two years ago. Now, with the help of donations, plans are underway to build a $125,000 home for Katie Bledsoe and her family.

Organizers said the new home will be complete with railings, wider doorways and rooms that are wheelchair-accessible.

The Bledsoe family said they have been overwhelmed by the amount of support.

“This little idea was just a seed when it started in somebody's heart,” said Sharon Bledsoe, Katie’s mother. “And it just spread and spread, the community has been good to help.”

Organizers said the construction, time and building materials have all been donated to the Bledsoe family. They said they plan to have the home finished by Christmas.