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Maintaining a 'sense of family', is what my grandparents Paul and Hazel Young, instilled in me as well as others as a young child. I wish to honor my deceased grandparents by raising money to restore their home. Their home is where it all started.

Thank you for taking the time to view the profile that I have created in the name of my deceased grandparents Paul and Hazel Young.  If you are someone who understands what it means to have a 'sense of family', then you will be with perfect understanding of the reasons as to why I began this fundraising project.

The union between my grandfather and grandmother started April 14, 1940. My grandfather worked for over 40 years in the Newport News Shipbuilding to support his loving wife and sixteen children.  My grandfather first migrated to Newport News, VA as a 16 year old boy, originally from Surry County, VA. At the age of 16, my grandfather began working in "CC camp" established in March 1933 by the U.S. Congress. Congress established the Civilian Conservation Corps as a relief program for unmarried young men between the ages of 18 and 25. Following his work in CC camp during the 1930's, my grandfather found employment with the Newport News Shipbuilding after being selected from a very large crowd of men.

During the years to come, my grandfather worked very hard and eventually met a young lady by the name of Hazel Lee Braxton from Hampton, VA. On April 14, 1940, the two were married, and went on to have 16 children.  My grandfather suffered greatly with asthma as a young man, and would be forced to walk to work in hurricane force winds to provide for his family. Giving up was never an option. With that being said, my grandfather was employed through the Newport News Shipbuilding for over 43 years. He was honored in JET magazine just a few years later for all of his hard work.  During his stay at the local shipyard, he was able to purchase vehicles and more importantly, purchase a home for his growing family. 

My grandmother worked very hard in being the perfect mother and wife. She was truly a 'phenomenal woman'.  She was extremely classy, and had great self respect. She respected and supported her husband beyond measure, and provide never ending support for her children and grandchildren.  She was an awesome cook, and a great listener! She was as precious as gold, and was treated the same by her husband. My grandmother passed away July 2002 from cancer and my grandfather March 2006 due to kidney failure. Prior to my grandmother's death, the two had been married for 62 years. They gave birth to 16 children, and 80+ grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

My grandparents taught myself ,as well as others, so many things including but not limited to the importance of family.   My grandparent's home was the site of holiday dinners, summertime cookouts, family weddings, reunions, and so much more! The home has had no renovations since its initial building well over 70 years ago.  Due to the home needing repairs, it has become emotionally difficult for my entire family to maintain the sense of family that had been instilled so deeply in us. We wish to 'get back to basics', but first understand that their is much work to do with improving the condition of my grandparent's home.  We all feel that the only way to honor my grandparents' legacy, is to restore the place where it all started. We hope that we can also enlist your help.

Thank you for your time,

 

The Young Family

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