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A wonderful gesture

I have tears in my eyes as I write this letter because I am humbled and honored that others would sacrifice their time and energy to build our beautiful Habitat for Humanity house this past weekend. I wish that I could thank everyone individually, but I don’t even know the names of most of the people who came. So, I hope that this letter will get read by many of them. Many, many thanks to the following people and/or groups: the framers who put up our house in five hours; the roofers who built the roof in the street and it almost fit perfectly; the men – who without complaining – put in the insulation and drywall; the electricians and plumbers who worked around each other and everyone else; the woman who made the worksite as clean as possible; the men who textured the walls so quickly and with smiles on their faces; Verdell and Mark who stapled up the shingles; our friends from Agape Outpost Chapel who took time away from their families to show love through physical work; Summit High School football players who came between practices to use more of their muscles; our wrestling families who encouraged us with their support; the men from the jail who, while paying their consequence for doing something wrong, used their skills to do something good; Shawn and Antonietta Butler and Shelley Lugauer for helping watch our sons; Paul Becker, Tom Krochmal, Shane Holmberg, and Don Johnson for coming early and staying late; Joanne Becker, Char Bloom, Jeanne Holmberg, and Terry Johnson for supporting their help by sharing them with us and by coming themselves to help; the inspectors who were willing to be on-site; Frank Coussens; City Market; Safeway; the Elks Lodge; Daylight Donuts; Pizza Hut, Subway; Cool River; and Hearthstone Catering for donating so much food for the volunteers; Creative Cabinetry for the beautiful cupboards; Jason and his crew who have waited patiently to put in the trim; Bob Guska from Budget Blinds who is giving us all our window coverings; Mark Sabotini for blocking off the street and being supportive; Tom Begley, Vicki Pierpont, and the whole Habitat Committee for working tirelessly to make this barn-raising happen; and all the volunteers who read about this event in the Summit Daily News and came to help. Praise to God for working this miracle, protecting everyone, keeping the weather nice and loving all of us! May God bless all the businesses and people for their generosity to us.


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