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August 20, 2013

A helping hand

MERIDIAN — The sun shone through the leaves of several trees Monday onto Gary Turbville while he stood in the front yard of Leon and Prue Bailey. On any other day, Turbville would say he was blessed to be alive but on this mild August morning he said he was doubly blessed.

    "This is a real blessing," Turbville said as he prepared to accept a generous donation from the Baileys. "We are glad to get this and it will be put to good use."

    The object of Turbville's blessing was a white, 1999 Nissan Frontier pickup. The Baileys, who reside in the community of Bailey, had read a story in Sunday's Meridian Star about Turbville needing a truck to help with the ever growing demand of collecting aluminum cans used to generate cash for Turbville's Cans for Kids Children's Ministry. As soon as the Baileys read the article they knew there was something they could do to help out a man whom they have watched grow up throughout the years.

    "The power of the press," Prue Bailey said with a smile. "We saw the article and called Gary soon afterward."

    "I've known Gary since he was this high," said Leon Bailey, holding his right hand about knee level. "I've enjoyed watching him grow up to be a man who is doing great things and we wanted to help."

    Turbville said the truck will help alleviate a great deal of travel and expense for him. He said he has a volunteer in Meridian, Dena Stallings, who can pick up the plastic bags of cans around the city, enabling him to concentrate more on the stops he has developed in the county.

    "It is 15 miles to town from where I live so the fact the truck will be in town helps out cause I have to pay for the gas to go in it," Turbville said.

    Leon Bailey said the truck was just sitting around, being used very little, and he and his wife thought Turbville could put the truck to much better use. They were humble and tried to deflect the accolades by Turbville.

    "What we are doing is nothing special," Prue Bailey said. "We are just happy we could do something to help out Gary and this great cause of his."

    Leon Bailey said the truck is full of gas and has been serviced so Turbville should be able to put it on the road immediately.

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