Honorary Phil Campbell: John Nevels

John Nevels became an honorary Phil Campbell when he decided to help tornado victims of Alabama (and in Phil Campbell  in particular) in his own creative way.

In late 2011, Nevels, a structural engineer and youth leader of a Huntsville United Methodist church, felt the impulsive need to just help – people helping people, the most basic altruistic instinct we have. He started running. Running and fundraising. Nevels averaged 45-50 miles a day for 10 days straight, starting in Gulf Shores and ending in Ardmore, Tennessee. At one point he began showing signs of hypothermia, but after he recovered he kept going.

And when he was done, the $2,000 Nevels was able to raise for the town of Phil Campbell, Alabama was enough to allow the Marion County Habitat for Humanity to buy a parcel of land for its first Habitat home in Phil Campbell.

John’s fundraising was able to buy the land, the Phil Campbells’ fundraising was able to fund the Habitat for Humanity house that was built.

Thanks again, John!

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