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November 6, 2003

Valdosta - A South Georgia family will have a lot to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Habitat for Humanity volunteers are building them a brand new home, just in time for the holidays.

Georgia Porter can't believe she'll soon be a homeowner. "I've been renting for so long, and to finally have something of my own, that I can leave to my daughter is wonderful," said Porter.

Volunteers are building her 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with supplies donated by area churches. It's Habitat for Humanity's annual Houses of Grace build. "We have 12 churches sponsoring this home," said Ralph Jackson, Habitat Director.

Volunteers just put in the dry wall, and now they're finishing the baseboards and trim. In just two days, Georgia's new home will be complete. "It's such a blessing, and anyone can be blessed with the same things I have, as long as they just have faith and believe in God."

To qualify for a home, Georgia had to put in countless sweat equity hours working on other Habitat homes. "I learned about insulation, how to install ceiling fans, painting, and now I appreciate this home even more than I already did," said Porter.

With help from the community, it will take only seven days to build Georgia's new home, where she plans to make a lifetime of memories.

posted at 3:40 by ashley.harper@walb.com

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