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New home for boys and girls of Sumter County

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May 24, 2005

Americus- "I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion," recites the kids of Boys and Girls Club of Sumter County.

The children are taking a stand in their new after school home. "It's a miracle. It's a miracle. This whole thing is absolutely a miracle," says Martha Williams of New Horizons Habitat for Humanity. It's a miracle that didn't happen overnight.

Back in 2003, the kids in the community of Easter Morning were cramped for space. "We started praying about what we could do to expand the facility," says Williams. Prayers from New Horizons Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club and local homeowners were turned into belief.

A year and a half and $750,000 in donations later, a brand new Boys and Girls Club facility has finally been completed. "It'll just be a place where kids can come after school and hopefully it'll be a positive influence on them," says Boys and Girls Club Co-Founder Bill Harris.

Kids will now play in a new clubroom and a new air conditioned gymnasium, all built up with the help of work groups and volunteers. "That feels real good," says Harris.

The hundreds of boys and girls of Sumter County are seeing that Habitat for Humanity is building more than homes. "The emphasis is on character development and helping them to do smart things to be successful adults," says Williams.

"I believe in my Boys and Girls Club, which stands for these things," recites the children. It's a stand that began with a vision.

The adults in the Easter Morning community will also benefit from the new building. It will serve as a meeting center for anything from bible studies to receptions.

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