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Military, Valdosta join to build Habitat home


300 servicemen and woman in Valdosta are coming together to build a home in 7 days in honor of those lost in the 9/11 attacks.

It's not an easy task - building a home from start to finish in 7 days. But for these servicemen and women, it's much bigger than giving a lucky family a new home. It's about honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11.

"If I can contribute one nail I feel like I'm helping a good cause," said Moody Senior Airman Rodriquez Barner.

This is Habitat For Humanity's 4th annual Freedom Build project. In partnership with the city of Valdosta, this $60,000 home will be finished by Saturday.

"Anytime that we can get together and remember such a tragedy and turn that into a positive, I think that's an awesome opportunity for us," said Habitat's Volunteer Coordinator, Donnie Radney.

Built by the hands of those who have protected our country, and who still do today, Barner says working one on one with retired vets makes this project so special.

"It's a great feeling when you can be with other people who have been through things that you're trying to go through, that have retied and can teach you the ropes of the air force and the armed services," said Barner.

Radney says the Freedom Build home is the easiest project to find volunteers. "They believe in our mission and we believe in them, and we work together. Without them I don't think this affiliate could operate as well as it does."

And it was all funded through the City of Valdosta's home rehabilitation grants.

If you would like to volunteer on the Freedom Build project, CLICK HERE.  

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About 300 military personnel with join the City of Valdosta to build a brand new house in seven days in Winnersville.

Members of the U. S. Army's Recruitment Division in Valdosta are teaming with Airmen from Moody Air Force Base to add their labor to that of the city, to build a new home at 1103 Bethune Street this week.

This $60,000 project is also in commemoration of 9/11, which will be observed on Wednesday, to salute and pay tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack.

Habitat for Humanity says that 39%  of Valdosta-Lowndes county families with children lack adequate housing. These residents live in sub-standard housing with conditions such as overcrowding, no hot water, no electricity, no toilet or neither a bath tub nor shower with rent higher than a new Habitat house mortgage payment.

In 2001, the Valdosta affiliate, along with the City of Valdosta and other community organizations, accepted Habitat for Humanity International's 21st Century Challenge to eliminate sub-standard housing in the Valdosta-Lowndes County area by the year 2021. 

Lydia Jennings will have more on this story later today.


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