Jimmy Carter attends volunteer rally with black eye after fall

Former President Carter attended a Habitat for Humanity event to help rally volunteers ahead of an upcoming building project on Sunday, despite having suffered a fall and getting stitches just hours before, Politico reports.

According to the publication, Carter attended a concert held for volunteers at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday evening. However, just prior to the Habitat for Humanity event, the former president suffered a fall at his home in Plains, Ga.

Carter, who required stitches for injuries he sustained above his brow, reportedly appeared on the stage with his wife, Rosalynn Carter, donning a bandage on his head and a bruised left eye at the event.

He reportedly said that even though he had to go to the hospital earlier, he “had a No. 1 priority and that was to come to Nashville and build houses.”

The 95-year-old Democrat, who became the first U.S. president to reach that age upon his birthday last week, is still recovering from the fall but has said he “feels fine,” the Carter Center, a human rights nonprofit organization founded by the former president and his wife in 1982, tweeted Sunday afternoon.

The center added that he and his wife also remain “eager to be at Habitat for Humanity’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 6-11, starting with the opening ceremony.”

The build reportedly aims to have 21 homes completed as part of the project by Friday.

Rowena Sara, a spokeswoman for Habitat for Humanity International, told The Hill earlier this year that the former first couple has worked with over 103,000 volunteers help build and repair 4,331 homes across 14 countries.

“During the week, homeowners will work alongside President and Mrs. Carter and hundreds of other volunteers to build 21 new, affordable homes. Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, who have worked alongside the Carters for over a decade, will also volunteer during the build week,” Sara said then.

“Since 1984, President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable housing for all, donating their time and leadership to build and improve homes through the Carter Work Project,” she added.

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