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Valdosta woman thankful for Habitat home

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

College spring breakers are building a Habitat for Humanity home for a Valdosta family this week.

The homeowner says she's so thankful those volunteers are willing to help her get her dream home. WALB News Ten's Lydia Jennings has the story.

Valdosta native, Kizzie Brown, is putting in her Habitat for Humanity sweat equity hours. She and her family have to put in 350 hours of work before she can get the keys to her brand new home. She says it's a dream come true.

"I feel like it's my turn, I've been working so hard and trying to make a better life for me and my kids," said Brown.

But this single mother of three isn't doing all the work alone. With the help of 26 college students from schools in New York and North Carolina, Brown's home is almost finished.

For these college kids, they're trading in their flip flops and bikinis for paint brushes and hammers. But at the end of this journey, they'll know that in five days they built this home from the ground up for a south Georgia family.

"I think it really set in today because we actually met the homeowner. But before you know you're just kind of building a house, but now you know who it's going towards and she's wonderful and so nice," said Cazenovia College student, Megan McDermott.

"It's their time to go have fun at the beach and party and all that but they took the time out to come help me build my house. I'm so happy for it, so happy to have them here," said Brown.

These students say there's nothing else they'd rather be doing on spring break.

"I just love making an impact on someone else's life and I don't need to be partying with my friends that I see every single day at school," said McDermott.

"I love doing this stuff, I love helping people who need it," said Eastern Carolina student, Brandon Wasylyk.

Brown says for the first time she won't be paying rent to live and her children will have their own bedrooms. "We're going to be in our own house, something of our own. We don't have to pay rent anymore."

And in a month Brown will move in to her home.

Habitat for Humanity officials in Valdosta say they hope to build ten more homes for deserving families by the end of the year.

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