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Volunteers to Frame 10 Homes in 10 Days

They're at it again. Members of a non-denominational Christian group called Square Foot Ministry have picked up their hammers and saws and are working together on a "Mega Build" in Pass Christian.

They've come from different states throughout the region, but are working toward the same goal framing ten homes by Sunday.

"Basically, we're trying to spread God's love by rebuilding the homes of people in Pass Christian," said Jeff Williams of Square Foot Ministry.

It will take nothing short of a miracle to finish framing ten homes in three days, but with every nail pummeled, and every board put in place, the volunteers are one step closer to their goal.

"This is from churches all over the southeast, from Georgia to Tennessee, as well as some volunteer organizations. We've also gotten help locally from places like Lowe's and the Salvation Army," Williams said.

The volunteers are working on ten sites this weekend.

Glen Blackston is one of more than 30 volunteers from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

"We're really excited about being here because we raised a lot of money up in Fayetteville so we could fund the project. The last project we did, we raised $18,000 from the local community, and we just recently had a yard sale and raised another $1,800,"  said Blackston.

Some of the home owners got the materials at cost, while others had the materials donated to them.

"I take applications and do the case work and qualify the people. We have to take them on a first come first serve basis, according to volunteers because you can't build them if you don't have any volunteers. We haven't had volunteers in the past three months". said Jeannie Burnam of Square Foot Ministries." 

This is the third trip Square Foot Ministry has made to build homes in Pass Christian. They've already finished six homes from their past trips.

The group has pledged to build 100 homes in our area over the next ten years.

By Toni Miles

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