I was pleased when I heard that the popular TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" had chosen a Beaufort active-duty Marine family to receive a new house. Friends who were big fans of the show convinced me to volunteer for a day at the project, and I'm glad I did. The level of excitement and involvement of nearly 3,000 volunteers was impressive and left all with the good feeling of helping others.
If you volunteered or donated materials for the house, I hope you will also consider supporting the year-round efforts of LowCountry Habitat for Humanity right here in northern Beaufort County.
For 2011, LowCountry Habitat has a goal to complete four new homes on St. Helena Island and totally rehab an unoccupied home it purchased in the Shell Point area. As a result, five deserving local families will have safe, decent homes by the end of the year.
Please consider volunteering a few hours a week (or a month) at one of Habitat's work sites. If you are not comfortable with a hammer or paint brush, you can help by donating items or volunteering at the ReStore on Parris Island Gateway. ReStore sells used furniture, appliances, household goods, books and building material to support LowCountry Habitat's activities.
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For more information, please call LowCountry Habitat's office at 843-522-3500 or go to the group's website at www.lowcountryhabitat.org. Please join us. I know you will be glad you did.
Russ Dimke, board memberLowCountry HabitatSeabrook