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Habitat for Humanity Blitzing Cumberland Co.

Posted September 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Today, there is nothing but a plot of land. But in just two weeks, a family will move into a house standing on that very spot.

It's all part of a building blitz going on right now in Cumberland County. Habitat for Humanity is handing out the hammers and nails and organizing the volunteers.

Volunteers from churches across Cumberland County are teaming up to practice what they preach. Equipped with building supplies, tools and determination they are making the American dream of home ownership for one low income family. They will complete their task in just two weeks.

Habitat for Humanity's Melissa Villnow says the organization calls it "blitz building".

For volunteer John Olund, it has truly been a rewarding experience working on the Habitat house.

The organization is celebrating its 10th year in the Fayetteville area. This home, when completed, will be the 36th built by Habitat volunteers. A family of four will be moving in. Villnow says they are currently living in a home damaged by Hurricane Fran.

Volunteer David Ruth says the organization's quest is to eliminate "shack" living throughout the county.

Right now Habitat for Humanity is working on 82 projects across North Carolina, frequently several houses at once. If you'd like to get involved, call the Habitat Chapter nearest you. If you can't donate your time, the organization is happy to accept a tax deductible cash donation. It's also always on looking for people to donate building materials, tools, trucks and property.

andBrian Shrader