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Tackling construction
Football players among Habitat volunteers
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The Warren County High School football team made one of its biggest plays of the year when it tackled a Habitat for Humanity house Saturday.
Habitat volunteer Todd Herzog said at least 60 volunteers from the football team and Oasis Church came out in full force Saturday to work on building the 25th Habitat home in Warren County.
The home, located on Estridge Street, is being built for Evangela Campbell and her two sons.
“This is a blessing from God,” said Campbell. “I had no idea so many people would volunteer. It makes you want to do something nice for someone.”
Football player Ethan Mikkola said, “This is fun and it’s good for the community.”
Chuck Patterson, who received a Habitat home a few years ago, was on hand to volunteer Saturday.
“I love my house. It is amazing,” said Patterson. “I am here to give back.”
Herzog said, “Chuck is a skilled carpenter, which we appreciate. We appreciate all volunteers, but are especially appreciate of those with carpenter skills.”
Habitat homes are not given to the recipients. They receive a zero-interest loan, but they do have to make monthly mortgage payments. They also have to pledge to provide 500 hours of sweat equity, which is volunteer work for another Habitat home. That’s what Patterson was providing Saturday. The homes are especially affordable because much of the labor is donated.
Campbell’s home is set to be dedicated June 28.