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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – On this national holiday, people are asked to honor Dr. King by making it a day of service. In Albany,dozens of people from across the nation answered that call, helping to build Habitat for Humanity houses.

95 volunteers worked building three homes in the Woodland Oaks subdivision on the Flint River Habit for Humanity's Building on the Dream day to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This home is being built for Bridgette Harris, her husband, and three children.  "It means a lot. We are grateful that they came out today and worked, because you know they had better things they could be doing. But they choose to help build our home, and we appreciate it," Harris said. 

Coming the farthest to help, 16 members of the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church from Livonia Michigan. Many of these people came 900 miles, a 15 hour ride, to build the Harris' a home.  "It makes a better life," Ron Osborne said. "A more comfortable life for those people. So that's why we do it."

Nine United States Marines from the Albany base used their holiday to dry in the roof on the Harris' home.  "It's nice to get off the base every once in a while, and help out where help is needed. Just give back to the community," Sgt. Aaron Ferguson said.

This is the sixth year that the Flint River Habitat for Humanity has held their Building on the Dream volunteer day, and say the help is needed more than this year than ever.

"Our homeowner workshops are packed. Especially in this economy. Affordable housing is more important than ever," said Flint River Habitat for Humanity Director Stacey Driggers.

Volunteers say that giving service is the most rewarding way to spend this holiday.   "I could be on the beach today," Osborne said. "Those Marines could be on the beach today. Instead they are here working. It's pretty neat."

A neat day that will soon help the Harris' move into their new dream home. 

Flint River Habitat for Humanity will continue building on the three homes for the rest of this week, and volunteers are needed. You can find out more by calling Habitat at 229-446-8199, extension 19.

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