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After Months Of Hardships, Wake County Couple Moves Into New Home

Posted March 4, 2002 9:46 a.m. EST

— A Wake County couple is finally moving into their dream home.

A fire destroyed the home of George and Juanita Harris in May 2001. The contractor they hired to fix the place up took their money and ran, but thanks to the kindness of strangers, they are moving into a new home.

"I don't know what I would have done, if every one of these folks here had not been a part of this," said contractor Mike Miller who asked all the construction suppliers he had worked with over the years to donate to the project. "There's a whole lot of good folks out there and this is a known fact. Today, they're here and being a part of this."

With a cut of the ribbon in front of their new house, the Harrises walked into their home with hardwood floors and new appliances. Their new house even has one bedroom more than their old home.

"I'm just so glad. I just want to thank God, thank Mike and his brothers, and all of the suppliers who donated the time and supplies," Juanita said. "I'm just so glad."

"I just want to say thank you to everybody who had a part in it and above all, thank you God," George said.

Among those earning thanks was David Stancil, who coordinated all the landscaping even after his own home burned down.

"I would have helped anyway, but I'm glad it made me feel better. It made me realize what they were going through," he said.

Although they are happy in their new home, the Harrises will not give up trying to get back the thousands of dollars they claim contractor Tony Anderson owes them. Raleigh police is now on the case.