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Volunteers help build Habitat home on Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - A number of volunteers woke up early Saturday morning to help build a home for a Habitat for Humanity family. News Three's Naomi Keitt brings us the stories of 2 future homeowners who were also at the site Saturday.

It was 2007 and the Crawford family was facing two tragedies.

"We found out that his mother had passed fire, and then while were at the house my sister in law called me and told me I needed to come home because our house was on fire, so it's like two disasters in one day," said Brenda Crawford.

Brenda and Rudolph Crawford lost everything in the fire and have been living with family members for 6 years. They were accepted into the habitat program and will finally be getting a place of their own. They spent the morning working on the home of another Habitat family.

"Knowing that eventually It'll be you getting ready to move into a home and to see someone else building their house it feels great," said Crawford.

Homeowners have to put in 500 hours of "sweat equity" before they move in. They have to help build their home and the homes of others in the program and Willa Diggens was excited to pitch in Saturday. She's the youngest of 11 children and her older sister also has a habitat home.

"She had learned how to do her own plumbing from working on a Habitat home so she was able to fix her own kitchen faucets and toilets. I was just amazed by this because I wanted to learn how to take care of my own property, so watching her do it and I'm looking forward to learning how to do it so I can upkeep the place that I'll be living for the rest of my life," said Willa Diggens.

The group worked on the roof, installed windows, and built other features on the property. For more information about Habitat for Humanity in Columbus you can visit http://columbusareahabitat.com/.

Naomi Keitt

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