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Colorado students work Gulfport housing project

University of Denver students help with a Habitat for Humanity project. (Photo source: WLOX) University of Denver students help with a Habitat for Humanity project. (Photo source: WLOX)
It's the fourth year for the organization to host a group from the school. (Photo source: WLOX) It's the fourth year for the organization to host a group from the school. (Photo source: WLOX)
The volunteers say the work isn't the best part about the trip. It's meeting the people who will benefit from it. (Photo source: WLOX) The volunteers say the work isn't the best part about the trip. It's meeting the people who will benefit from it. (Photo source: WLOX)
"Once we get them the first time, we usually try to show them the best time that we can and it makes them want to come back year after year," said Habitat's Colby Shaw. (Photo source: WLOX) "Once we get them the first time, we usually try to show them the best time that we can and it makes them want to come back year after year," said Habitat's Colby Shaw. (Photo source: WLOX)
Habitat for Humanity officials said that projects like this wouldn't be possible without these students' willingness to volunteer. (Photo source: WLOX) Habitat for Humanity officials said that projects like this wouldn't be possible without these students' willingness to volunteer. (Photo source: WLOX)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Christmas is the season of giving, and some students from Colorado have taken that phrase to heart. Habitat for Humanity hosted a group of University of Denver students for the week.

The students trade in their textbooks for powertools and paintbrushes, at least for a few days. It's another chance for Habitat for Humanity to offer a service to those in need.

"Giving somebody a home, that someone is able to call home that is decent and affordable brings me great joy because people go without day after day," said Habitat's Colby Shaw.

He helps put the hammer to the nail by getting these University of Denver students involved. It's the fourth year for the organization to host a group from the school.

"Once we get them the first time, we usually try to show them the best time that we can and it makes them want to come back year after year," said Shaw.

That was certainly the case for Sasha Goldblatt, who came to Gulfport two years ago to work on a Habitat project.

"It was so fun, I was like I'm going to go on it either way. Whether I can lead it or just be on it, I just want to definitely go," said Goldblatt.

This time, she was able to make the trip as the Student Coordinator.

"It's just nice to get out of our home state and just look and see how else we can help around the country," said Goldblatt.

In this leadership position, she was able to interview the students who were interested in working the project. One of those students was senior, Tyler Houston. He, along with the other students here, chose to use part of the Christmas break helping others.

"Just wanted to come and actually make something of my break and be able to say that I did something for somebody," said Houston.

According to Houston, the work isn't the best part about the trip. It's meeting the people who will benefit from it.

"I'm excited to see just kind of their reaction and how their daily life will change," said Houston.

Habitat for Humanity officials said that projects like this wouldn't be possible without these students' willingness to volunteer.

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