By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
September 12, 2018
VALDOSTA, Ga.. (WCTV) -- Volunteers are helping to build futures in Valdosta as Habitat for Humanity kicks off its Freedom Build.
Every nail hammered into every board is one swing closer to a new life for a local family. With more than 250 Habitat for Humanity homes in Lowndes County, this week's Freedom Build is something special.
Freedom Build began right after 9/11 to honor those who lost their lives. Mike Eddington with Valdosta-Lowndes County Habitat for Humanity said the program has evolved since then.
"It's a living memorial for our first responders. For our military, fire, police, EMS and the community as a way of honoring those who died in 9/11, and those who continue to carry on," Eddington said.
For 17 years, local heroes in South Georgia have been giving back.
"People that went out and helped with that, it makes sense to just come out and do one small thing out here," said Matthew Fitzgerald, an Air Force Client System Technician. "Just build this house or go out and do whatever, just anything that'll help."
In just three months, the walls going up now will be a five-bedroom home for one South Georgia family.
"It feels pretty good to come out and help people, it's for a good cause," Fitzgerald said.
Freedom Build continues through Saturday. Anyone is invited to volunteer and help build the new home.