Carroll County couple raises grandson whereas coping with health troubles
HILLSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ) – The stress of the vacation season blended with monetary burdens is usually a lot for anybody to juggle. It’s even more durable once you’re additionally battling health points. It’s usually straightforward to overlook one individual’s procuring spree is one other household’s meals on the desk.
Every Christmas season, Your Hometown Station seems to be by the nominations and searches for somebody in want of a $700 present card. Meteorologists Brent Watts and Leo Hirsbrunner discovered a deserving couple in Carroll County and made the journey to Hillsville to share their story.
Earlier than the primary knock we might hear Abby, the household’s canine, greeting us from behind the door already embellished with a snowman for the vacations.
Sitting down with Liz and David Gravley, and their grandson Zaiden, it grew to become immediately clear household comes first. However whereas most dream of checking a number of gadgets off their vacation want lists this time of yr, the Gravleys are attempting to carry all the pieces collectively by the winter months.
“We’re just country people. No fancy clothes or jewelry. We’re just your everyday people trying to make it,” feedback Liz.
The couple has been married for practically 40 years, raised 3 kids, and now have 8 grandchildren, together with Zaiden, who now lives with the couple full-time.
David dabbles in designing birdhouses on the facet. He offers away greater than he truly sells. Liz desires of getting a cabin within the woods sometime, however is content material contained in the household’s modest residence. Zaiden is simply as completely satisfied displaying off his trampoline methods to our photographer Rob throughout our go to with the household.
The previous few years have been further powerful for the Gravleys. Final yr, COVID triggered David’s Lyme’s illness he contracted from a tick chew, after his a few years working for a tree-trimming firm. David has spent the previous 14 years working everywhere in the East Coast, trimming bushes and serving to communities recuperate from pure disasters akin to ice storms and hurricanes, usually spending weeks of time away from household. His fixed joint ache has left him unable to climb bushes and at present out of labor.
This previous August, Liz’s health took a flip for the more serious. After collapsing on the entrance porch, she was rushed to the hospital for coronary heart points.
“I woke up, my head was in the floor and they were getting me up,” recollects Liz.
Liz was flown to UVA Medical Middle, the place she was given a defibrillator and continues to point out enhancements.
Then, there’s younger Zaiden, who grew to become a everlasting a part of the couple’s life after they took custody of him 5 years in the past. You would possibly say Zaiden is the glue that holds the household collectively by all of it, and the compassionate child that retains the couple younger at coronary heart.
With Liz and David unable to work proper now, any present can be a blessing for the vacations. And also you would possibly assume $700 would go a great distance, however the couple simply spent that a lot filling up their outside oil tank to maintain them heat by the winter months.
Even by all their hardships the previous few years, the Gravleys are grateful for all they’ve. “We’ve always been humble and we never feel deserving, but thank you,” says Liz. “It will help us get some gifts and pay off some bills.”
If you want to nominated somebody for Hometown Vacation Helpers, go to this hyperlink and nominate somebody deserving of $700 from Your Hometown Station.
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