CELINA, Tex. -- Habitat for Humanity has another house in the works in Celina, but this one is on a really tight deadline. Mystic Matthews explains.
Most Habitat projects take about 12 weeks from start to finish, but volunteers say their latest project in Celina is taking a little longer, and now they are in a race to get a family home for Christmas.
For Sheryl Bull, Christmas cannot come fast enough. This year she will receive her dream gift -- her own home.
With just thirteen days left, Habitat for Humanity builders say they are racing against the clock.
Director of construction Wilson Fryar says crews started on the house the weekend after Labor Day, but construction came to a standstill for four weeks in a row because not enough people volunteered to help.
"Personally, I’m ecstatic when volunteers show up, but when 3 to 4 people came, my heart was broken.”
But that hasn't stopped Sheryl.
She and her daughter, Teresa, have been worked on their house every Saturday since construction started, putting in "sweat equity," or their own labor, so they would have a place to live.
"Teresa and I have been here working on this house,” Sheryl says.
Sheryl says if her home isn't ready for Christmas that it’s OK.
"I want to be in by Christmas. The house we’re in now is not big enough."
Sheryl's son is serving in the military and is stationed in El Paso. He is coming home for Christmas this year, and Sheryl wants nothing more than her family to be together and would love to reunite in their new home.
“If we don't, that's okay, but I really hope to be in by Christmas.”
Sheryl is just one of the millions of people worldwide who have helped build their own homes through Habitat for Humanity.
Now, they just need to finish up the interior of the house, the driveway, and the yard. Weather permitting; they should be finished by Christmas.
Habitat for Humanity still needs 60 to 100 yards of fill dirt to help finish this house. If you have any you would like to donate, call Habitat for Humanity at 972-542-5300.