Spring Break Students Building Habitat Homes

Hundreds of college students will spend their Spring break building new homes with Habitat for Humanity on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

One group of young people drove 21 hours to help Habitat build houses.

"St. Vincent College in Latrobe," said 18-year-old Danielle Burge, "It's about a half an hour away from Pittsburgh. And we're just here to help rebuild."

Leah Delmar is among the two dozen students from Pennsylvania who made the trip.

"They told us they were doing a Spring break trip and I decided to give up my Spring break and come down here," she said.

Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge offers students the opportunity to do something constructive during their time away from the books.

"I like helping people. It gives you a really good feeling. Rewarding," Delmar explained.

"Then bend it like that on top, and it makes them slide right into it," said the job foreman, as he instructed a group of young people.

The construction boss for these college students knows his way around the job site and the football field. Former Ocean Springs star Irving Spikes, who spent six seasons in the NFL, now works with Habitat.

"Can't play football, but I keep on banging nails. It's a wonderful thing to get out here with this Christian organization and keep things going," he said.

The Pennsylvania students are part of the first wave of Spring breakers coming to the coast. Over the next four weeks, Habitat for Humanity will be bringing nearly 300 students from 14 different colleges and universities to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Nate Dippold says he's looked forward to the mission to Mississippi.

"I really just wanted to come down and help. I mean, all my uncles are construction workers, so this is something I could relate to and help out each other," he said.

It's a Spring break they'll remember for the friends they make and the progress they achieve on someone's new home.