Kids Build House

By: Monica Buchanan
By: Monica Buchanan

The build teaches kids about the importance of community service.

Ten-year-old Dontarius Dye is wise beyond his years. With a hammer in hand and determination in his swing, he's working hard to make a stranger's life a little better.

Dontarius says, "We feel sorry for the people who have to live in a house with the walls falling down and stuff. We are going to do them a good favor."

It's a "favor" of love. More than 25 kids from the Boys and Girls Clubs in Valdosta are working with Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's to build an eight by eight storage shed for a Habitat family.

The kids are having a ball building the shed, but Habitat officials say it’s not all about fun; they are also helping instill a strong work ethic in these kids that will translate back into the community in future years.

Stuart Mullis of Valdosta Habitat for Humanity says, "Maybe one of these young kids will decide they want to be a carpenter in life and build something for the rest of their lives, and if they don't build homes, maybe they can build some spirits and great lives."

It looks like these kids definitely have a head start.

Habitat officials say everyone including children can partner with Habitat to help eliminate substandard housing in south Georgia.


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