'Girl Power!' builds home in Hancock County

By Al Showers - bio | email

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - At first glance it looks like your average construction site, but a site in Hancock County will be a safe haven for one new family, thanks to 'Girl Power!'

Executive Director of Habitat Bay-Waveland Area Windy McDonald said, "About 70 percent of habitat homeowners are single mom's, so it's in recognition of their struggle to put their families back together."

'Girl Power!' is helping to put a roof over the heads of yet another Hancock County family. Nearly 40 woman ditched their day jobs to take part in Habitat for Humanity's national "women's build week."

"Before Katrina, I guess having a house was something a lot of us took for granted, but we never will again," volunteer Margaret Taylor said. "So it's real rewarding to work with Habitat as a volunteer. They've done such a successful job of getting people back into houses."

These ladies say they can use to the power tools and construction work.

Volunteer Angela Strickler said, "How many of us on the coast haven't had a hammer in our hands in the last three and a half years. I think we need to give back. Most of our homeowners are single women, so we're out here supporting them doing the best we can."

Though there was a lot of work to be done, these ladies found a way to assert themselves and have fun while doing it.

"We decided to sweep the floor before we wipe down the walls. The guys wanted us to wipe the walls down first," Strickler said. "We pulled women ranks and said we know how to clean better than the men. We all ganged up on them and walked out until they brought us brooms."

The spirit of volunteerism has certainly been prevalent from all around the world, and South Mississippi has no shortage of devoted volunteers.

"We've recruited locally and had a tremendous response, so we're very excited," McDonald said.

These volunteers say it's important for them to make a difference.

"I think that's one of the things we've found out since the storm is that we can all do a lot more than we ever thought we could. None of us can do everything but all of us can do something," volunteer Margaret Taylor said.

"Girl power, it's empowering. We're doing something the boys normally do," Strickler said. "And we get to have all the fun."

113 homes built since it started building in Hancock County two and a half years ago.

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