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Ground broken on new home

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Malachi Dandy (left) and his brother Malik take part in the ground-breaking

by Lyle Predmore

On a hot and steamy Sunday afternoon, Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Middlesex vice president Greg Chambers led an afternoon ground-breaking service. He put HFH goals in perspective by reflecting on the mission of each affiliate in providing good, decent and affordable housing to deserving families. A house becomes a home and a stable place for family members to live, learn and grow as residents of our community. The local affiliate is the bank; the new Habitat family makes non-interest loan payments which in turn go toward building the next house.

The John and Charlotte Dandy family of six boys has been selected as the recipients of this next house. Malik, 4, and Malachi, 4, are the two youngest in this family. But size and pecking order had nothing to do with their enthusiasm at the ground-breaking Sunday afternoon. Their parents and extended family of grandmothers, great-grandmother and others joined the Habitat Board and supporters in cheering them on as they broke sod. 

The entire group then joined the boys’ lead and each had an opportunity to handle the shovel. They were reminded that gold or silver ceremonial shovels are not in the HFH style, a working shovel represents the real hands and real tools needed for the job.

The boys’ grandmother, Ruth Cary, reminded those assembled that a home is a place where God’s love becomes close to us, a necessary ingredient in every family.

Greg also spoke of HFH being a Christian-based organization, a place where Christians and other faith groups can join together to better serve our community.

As construction begins, the house will need volunteers and trades. A number of both have already volunteered. HFH Middlesex is about driving nails and putting pieces of wood together, but there are many other behind-the-scenes tasks that keep go into building houses. If you have a talent and time to share, please leave your information at 758-2044. 

And, of course, there will be lumber and building supplies needed; contributions for the purchase of these items can be mailed to P.O. Box 492, Hartfield VA 23071. 

posted 06.16.2010

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