Amid the bustle of swinging locker doors and ringing class bells, Brenda Hurst’s laugh bounces through the halls at Boiling Springs High School. Through 20 years of faithful service as custodian at the South Carolina school, Hurst has “always been there,” keeping things spic and span and making many friends among the student body. Then in June 2014, her home burned to the ground.
When he heard this, Boiling Springs principal Chuck Gordon called on his staff and student council to lend a hand. Determined “to give her a home,” student body president Alexis Ork recruited fellow Bulldogs and partner donors at local businesses. They organized coin collections, T-shirt sales, building-supply donations, creative fundraisers, and recruitment of volunteers. The group Carpenters for Christ joined in, and a new home for Hurst was not only built but also furnished with washer, dryer, air conditioning, furniture, and Bulldog-red front door. It pleased Hurst to tears. “So many people were there to support me,” she said. “God is just good, too good.”