Updated: 12/15/2013 10:22 PM
Created: 12/15/2013 8:41 PM WDIO.com
A Hibbing family will be home for Christmas, thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
Katie Hackett applied for a home through Habitat in July 2013. She said she needed a place quickly. Less than six months later, a newly renovated home was ready for her and her two sons. It was dedicated on Sunday.
Hackett's new place is not just any home. The house was made using two-by-fours from the Paul Wellstone memorial, and it was built for another Habitat client eight years ago. When that recipient's situation improved and her family grew, she moved out. Now, she is able to make the house available to Habitat once again.
Hackett said the will be good for her two boys.
"They're both very excited," she said. "It's not only a house but it's our home now, to grow together."
North St. Louis County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Nathan Thompson said it's the perfect time of year for the community to help with something like this.
"It's that time of year when we think about being generous to others and helping others and coming home for Christmas," Thompson said. "It's so nice that our community works together to make home a possibility for our neighbors in need."
Thompson said Habitat for Humanity is looking for four north St. Louis County families to build with in 2014. He said applicants must be in need of a home, be willing to put work in on the house and other Habitat projects, and be able to afford the zero-percent mortgage. Interested parties can apply online.
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