Dozens of volunteers and supporters converged at a property on Matthews Drive in Macon, Georgia, on Saturday for two great reasons — to turn a once-vacant house into a like-new home for a family in need and to celebrate Fuller Center co-founder Linda Fuller, who is celebrating her 75th birthday this year.
Perhaps the only person on site happier than the family to see this project take flight was 95-year-old Grover Sassaman, a decorated World War II veteran who as the owner of Harley-Davidson of Macon is the oldest active Harley dealer in the world.
“Man, it hurt me because I always kept it top-notch,” Sassaman, who lived in the home from 1958 to 1968, said of the condition of the home before it was donated to The Fuller Center of Macon by Wells Fargo. “They’ve done a good job.”
During lunch, the group sang “Happy Birthday” to Linda Fuller and enjoyed cake after her first-born, Chris Fuller, told the story of how his mother never had big birthday parties when she was growing up as a child of the Depression. Fuller Center of Macon Executive Director Dianne Fuller presented Linda with a proclamation by Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, who proclaimed Saturday “Linda Fuller Degelmann Day” in Macon.
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