Volunteers build Habitat home during holiday season

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A couple dozen volunteers with Habitat for Humanity got their hands dirty Friday, as they began construction on a brand new home for a local family.

The home is being built on Music Row in Lonsdale, which is in Knoxville.

Wearing a green Habitat for Humanity hardhat, Dianna Lindsay worked side-by-side with more than a dozen volunteers, who all came together to build her a brand new home.

The home is being built on Music Row in Lonsdale, which is in Knoxville.
The home is being built on Music Row in Lonsdale, which is in Knoxville.

“Considering that we now currently live in a two bedroom apartment, now that we’re going to be moving into a three bedroom home of our own, it’s awesome,” said Lindsay.

Lindsay says she’s excited to finally own her own home and provide for her family, which includes her 16-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son.

Dianna Lindsay
Dianna Lindsay

“I’m super excited. I just can’t believe today is the day. It’s so awesome that the board of directors for habitat are here helping me,” she said.

Taking part in the builds is a yearly holiday tradition for Habitat for Humanity board members, like Connie French.

“It’s really giving a family a hand up at a perfect time. There’s new beginning, it’s a New Year and it’s a great Christmas present,” said French.

This home is the 24th build for Habitat for Humanity this year and the final build for 2014. In the summer of 2015, the organization will reach a milestone, building its 500th home.

“I just want to thank God. I couldn’t do it without him. I mean, it’s just a huge blessing,” said Lindsay.

Connie French
Connie French

Although right now the home is not much more than two-by-fours and insulation, the sawing, hammering and drilling will quickly pay off. The crew plans to have the home done in about four weeks. Lindsay says she hopes to move into her new home in February.

To help out, you can volunteer your time, donate to the thrift store, or give money. Visit Habitat for Humanity’s website for more information.

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