WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - The hearts of volunteers taking part in National Women Build Week are warm, knowing their help will eventually put a family in a home.
However, their minds are on Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland Executive Director, Wendy McDonald.
"It's kind of hard not to think about her when your doing it," said Tammy Sigsworth.
McDonald, who also holds a seat on the Bay St. Louis city council, became a victim of an accident as she left a funeral visitation at Our Lady of the Gulf Church on Monday. Police say McDonald was hit by a car after the driver accidentally hit his gas peddle instead of the breaks.
"Help her through this time heal all of her wounds be with her family and friends and please give her back as soon as possible," prayed Pam McAuley, Habitat Bay-Waveland board member.
Volunteers say McDonald helped to bring the Habitat affiliate to Hancock County nearly 10 years ago, and has put more than 200 families in new homes.
"I was in a 200-square-foot little house, it was a room. I had just had my son and being a single mom she said Habitat can help you, but you have to want it," noted Sigsworth. "So she walked me through it."
Habitat's Volunteer Coordinator Holly Ladner added, "Wendy has been a great leader for our organization and continues to be. We are doing our best to honor her this is what she'd want us to be doing out here blowing and going. So that's what we are doing."
Family members and close friends say doctors at a New Orleans hospital are comfortable enough with results from an MRI to remove McDonald's neck brace. Although she remains on a ventilator, doctors say she should be able to breath on her own by the weekend.