Teen needs help rebuilding grandmother's home - CBS46 News

Teen needs help rebuilding grandmother's home

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TALLAPOOSA, GA (CBS46) -

Abi Wilson, 15, is someone you want on your side. The teen is determined to rebuild her grandmother's house and bring her home. She is now asking for help as the family plans a fundraiser.

On March 18, severe storms went through Tallapoosa. Beatrice Wilson, 89, lost power and someone at the house lit a candle. Firefighters said the candle caused the fire that left the house uninhabitable.

"We asked if she wanted us to tear down the house and build a new one, but she said, 'no because this is what paw-paw left her,'" said Abi.

Beatrice Wilson did not have insurance. Her family has gutted most of the damaged house. They are ready to do the work to repair the house, but they do not have the money for supplies.

The family is holding a fundraiser May 19 at the Helton Howland Park Amphitheater in Tallapoosa. It's a motorcycle ride with a band, food, and a raffle. Registration starts at noon and kickstands are up at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $20 and $10 for passengers.

Abi said her grandmother is her best friend, and she has spent most of her time with her. Beatrice Wilson is a great-great grandmother and has almost 100 descendants, but she considers Abi her baby.

"Since it happened, all maw-maw has talked about is getting back into her house. She used to be happy and smile all the time and now she's down," said Abi.

For Abi it would mean the world to her and her grandmother to bring her back home. She would like to do it before Beatrice Wilson's 90th birthday in July.

The family has also set up the Beatrice Wilson House Fund at the Bank of North Georgia.

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