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Habitat for Humanity - “I’ll believe it when I see it”

by Becky Melton

Malachi Dandy
Send donations to HFH Middlesex, P.O. Box 492, Hartfield, VA 23071

One beautiful day this spring, Mom Charlotte Dandy was driving with her two youngest children strapped in their car seats in the back when she overheard a conversation between the two.

Malik, 3, said, “We are getting close to where our new house is going to be.”  

Malachi, 5, said, “Every time we come this way, you say that, and I’ll believe it when I see it.” 

When Charlotte repeated this conversation to me, it made me think of the many families who take a trip, long or short, and hear the question from the little ones in the back seat, “Are we there yet?”

There are some citizens who have asked a similar question: “Why has it taken so long to build Habitat houses in Middlesex County?” As previously explained, the answer boils down to issues relating to land acquisition and use.  Land issues for the Dandy house are now nonexistent and we are ready to build.   Volunteer builders stand ready to start construction.

But we haven’t overcome a major problem. We need money. Over the last nine weeks we have said that in many ways.  Some people wait until the end of the year to make charitable contributions. Please don’t procrastinate.  Any money donated will be put to immediate use and we need to help Malik and Malachi Dandy see “it” sooner rather than later. 

Last week, contributions to the Dandy Family Building Fund were as follows:

  • Charles Austin, $100, in memory of his wife Gretchen. 
  • Ed and Anke Fisher, $1,000.

The Habitat goal for the Dandy house is $60,000. To date $17,804.50 has been donated.

Additional donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity Middlesex Inc. at P.O. Box 492, Hartfield, VA 23071.  

posted 09.09.2009

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