Habitat for Humanity uses MLK Day to give back to community

WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) – More than 50 volunteers hammered away Monday morning for the 8th annual Martin Luther King Day Habitat for Humanity build.

Volunteers for the Sea Island Habitat for Humanity spent the day giving back to the community.

"What was just an empty floor at the beginning of the day we'll have all the walls built and tied up by the end of the day," said volunteer Daniel Hines.

Volunteers say building a home for someone in need is the perfect way to celebrate Dr. King's legacy.

"People are doing something that he would be doing himself if he were here so it makes me feel really good that people are giving their time an skills to help," said Rev. John Reynolds. "It couldn't be a better day."

Reynolds worked alongside King for many years. He spoke to the volunteers earlier in the day about continuing King's legacy of service.

"These things people are doing today is going to change the lives of people and lift people up out of poverty," Reynolds said.

Shanek Gaillard knows firsthand how it feels to receive a gift of a home. She will be moving into her new habitat home in a few months after she finishes her 500 service hours.

"It's a great feeling, I was very excited this morning to come out here to help someone else," Gaillard said.

Giallard and other volunteers are began building two homes Monday as are part of a 10 habitat house development in West Ashley.

Hines says working with the families who are building their own homes is the most rewarding part of his job.

"We have the best home owners, they love being out here, excited everyday to be building their own homes," Hines said. "They want to know everything about it, what you're doing why you're doing it. They're the nicest people."

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