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Residents Of New Neighborhood Grateful For New Home On Christmas

Posted December 26, 2003 9:37 a.m. EST

— Though many people may be looking for a new home for the holidays, several local families spent their first Christmas in new surroundings Thursday.

Wake County's Habitat for Humanity built a neighborhood of 24 homes in just five days. The effort left at least one family grateful for the best Christmas it has had.

By the end of the first day at the Wake County Builder Blitz, the dreams of 24 families began to take shape.

"There was nothing but a street, and then a foundation," new resident Tiffany Mueller said. "And then all of a sudden, 'boom,' instant house."

Perhaps no one was more impressed than Mueller. In just a week, she was standing in her new home. On Christmas morning, a fully decorated tree stood in a bay window.

"This is the best Christmas I've ever had," Mueller said.

The project and the neighborhood are not finished with Mueller's home. More houses are scheduled to be built, and Mueller plans to give back by helping."

"I want to give," she said. "Somebody's given to me a lot of their time, their money, and I hope I can give just as much back to somebody."

For Mueller, her home is much more than a house.

"It's not just a house because it's mine," she said. "It's really built with love."

Mueller said Habitat for Humanity is planning to put 24 more homes in her neighborhood. In order to receive her house, she had to agree to do 300 hours of sweat equity. She is planning to spend that much and more, helping with the homes of her future neighbors.