Dozens celebrate MLK Day by building homes in Volusia

By Loren Korn - Reporter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dozens of people celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by building homes.

"It's encouraging to see a lot of team members come out on their day off to help and support the community," said Sead Basic, district manager for Wells Fargo.

Sixty employees from Wells Fargo got their hands dirty and partnered up with Halifax Habitat for Humanity to build three homes in Daytona Beach. It's all part of the Veterans Build, where volunteers build a house with a military veteran.

"They're so grateful for every volunteer hour and minute that everybody puts in and they're building their own houses," said Andy Thompson, volunteer coordinator for Halifax Habitat for Humanity.

Mario Figueroa, a Navy veteran, built his Monday.

"I'm doing it so my son and grandson have a stable home to live in, long beyond my years and to set them up for success," said Figueroa.

Figueroa, who also is a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, said not only is he grateful for his new home but for the folks who donated their time and money.

"It feels good to have people come out and show their appreciation by volunteering on their day off from work on a holiday," he said.

Figueroa said his house should be completed by the end of March but said his volunteering will continue.

"I'm looking forward to having my house finished and get my family into a nice stable environment and then I'd like to continue on helping other veterans get into housing and other single parents as well."
 

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