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Teen inspires others to repair grandmother's home

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Abi Wilson, 15, was perhaps the only one who thought her grandma's house could be saved. On Thanksgiving, the Wilson family held dinner at Beatrice Wilson's home.

CBS Atlanta first introduced you to Abi and her maw-maw, Beatrice, in April.

On March 18, severe storms went through Tallapoosa. Beatrice, 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 back in April.

The house was in bad shape and Beatrice did not have insurance on her home.

Abi went to work. She got Home Depot to help out and a local group held a fundraiser. Strangers volunteered time. Family members worked every weekend, but two, to repair the building.

"There was more than once I thought I was in over my head," said Joel Wilson, Abi's father and Beatrice's son. "She (Abi) looked at it(house) and was determined we could do this and the more she talked the more I believed it.

The family was able to move Beatrice back home shortly after her 90th birthday this summer.

Joel said his mother is calmer and happier in the house.

His sister, Betty Myers, is her caretaker. "Now, I can tell her miracles happen. She is a really, really special person. She's instilled in all of love, father and family is the basis."

Qualities her granddaughter Abi helped inspire in everyone.

"My grandmother was a best friend for me growing up, and this is where I would come when I didn't want to go to school. I stayed at maw-maw's and we'd play," said Abi.

The family still has some repair work left to do, but they said at least Beatrice is back home.

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