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Valdosta Habitat For Humanity begins 7th annual "Freedom Build"

Kamille Gay Kamille Gay
Robert Beauford Robert Beauford
Tammie Welch Tammie Welch
Beverly Merritt Beverly Merritt

The home is being built as a way to symbolize the rebuilding that took place after the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001 and thereby honor all those affected by the attack.

Walls were going up for the Habitat For Humanity home on N. Lee St. in Valdosta, commemorating the day 14 years ago when so much came down.

"It's about building something rather than 'on that day, something fell'" said Kamille Gay, with Habitat For Humanity office in Valdosta.

This is the seventh year the Habitat for Humanity office in Valdosta has done a "Freedom Build" to commemorate 9/11.

Robert Beauford said for him, helping out on this project helps commemorate 9/11 because it's an example of community support. Something that he said is extremely important in the event of a tragedy like 9/11. 

"Us as a state, United States, America, we all had to come together no matter what state it in," Beauford emphasized.

Knowing that this home is helping commemorate 9/11 as well as giving someone else a new place to live made sweating it out in the heat and humidity a little more worth it for other volunteers as well.

"It's a good feeling," said Tammie Welch.

"It just gives me a warm feeling to be able to just get out here and help," Beverly Merritt said.

That warm feeling is something Merritt remembers feeling on September 11th when she saw the reactions from the students at the high school she was working at as a police officer.

She said giving back by volunteering on this project is her way of symbolically remembering all those who had so much taken away from them as a result of the terrorist attack.

"The way those kids acted that day just warmed my heart," Merritt recalled.

As of Thursday, Habitat For Humanity hoped to have the house completed in 90 days. Friday, Valdosta's Mayor and Airman from Moody Air Force Base were scheduled to help with the construction.

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