BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The Martin family waits outside their Seal Avenue Habitat home before leaving for the day.
Inside, the Jr. Auxiliary springs into action. There are beds to make, furniture to build, and homey items to haul in. Slowly, the children's bedrooms are transformed into something beautiful.
This makeover was needed for a single mother of five on a tight budget, according to Lori Kilpatrick with the Jr. Auxiliary.
"Oftentimes, they really don't have the things that they need, the basic necessities such as dressers and nightstands, and then the fun things that make a house a home," Kilpatrick said.
It's almost time for the family to arrive and some last minute touch-ups complete the project. The Martin family arrives, eager to take a look inside. Considering what the bedrooms looked like five hours ago, and considering what they look like now, you'd better believe that the faces of those kids lit up wide with smiles.
But there's one last thing the children really wanted. A Wii system. Mother Mushanda Martin has never seen anything like it.
"It was just wonderful that they were that happy," Martin said. "I've never seen them that happy before."
Habitat officials were also on hand for the surprise, including Adele Lyons.
"Well, Habitat for Humanity can provide the home, but to have a partner like Jr. Auxiliary come in and provide some special decorations to the home for the children and the families is just great," Lyons said.
And it was, indeed, a great day for the Martin family.
The Jr. Auxiliary of Biloxi and Ocean Springs has more than 80 members. The organization takes part in 20 service projects throughout the coast every year.