Habitat has successful blitz; needs more help

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Habitat for Humanity is looking for more volunteers for Friday and Saturday.  File photo

Habitat for Humanity is looking for more volunteers for Friday and Saturday.
File photo

Habitat for Humanity organizers reported a strong first weekend blitz.

Kylan Lewis of the organization said more than 70 volunteers helped with the group’s build on Friday and 30 on Saturday.

“We were able to erect the walls and trusses, thanks to muscle provided by the LBW baseball team,” he said. “A fine group of young men. By Saturday afternoon, the decking and felt had been installed and exterior waterproofing and insulation board was on.”

Lewis said help is needed this Friday and Saturday for the second blitz, which will include window and door installation, vinyl siding and roofing, preparation of interior including electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation and more.

The home is located at 22400 Eighth Avenue in Florala.

“We start at 8 a.m. each day and plan to have the house dried in by Saturday afternoon,” he said. “Volunteers are welcome to come and have a good time with us and help build a quality, affordable house for the Stacy Mulkey family.”

Lewis said their forte is to help people who feel they have undeveloped skills to learn how to build something.

“We also encourage those with developed talents and skills to come and help us with the effort by working with others to learn,” he said. “You will be tired with the blitz is over, but filled with a sense of accomplishment and the knowledge that you did something good and meaningful. Our efforts will be a lasting monument to the good in everyone involved.”

Lewis said Habitat for Humanity will have meals at lunchtime for all participants.

Meals for the blitzes have been provided by Opp’s Church’s Chicken, David’s Catfish, White and McClung/Crow’s Nest and Andalusia Manor and Florala Hardee’s.

“Many other businesses provided water and snacks,” he said. “I would ask the community to patronize these businesses that are always so generous in supporting our county and HFH.”