Raising the walls: Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's team up for a cause

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Friday, March 21, 2014 - 5:27pm

For a lot of families all over the country, a new house would never be possible without the help of Habitat for Humanity. Today, the organization teamed up with Lowe's to start building a new house.

Piece by piece, frame by frame, the house took shape, and soon a family will have a new home. Jessica Darville knows how life changing that can be.

"When I found out about Habitat, I was in a one bedroom house in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. It was my daughter and I, and it was not enough room," Jessica said.

Then she filled our an application with Habitat for Humanity.

"When it came to getting a house, everyone I talked to before Habitat was like 'Well, you're too young or you don't have enough money or you can't get this loan because you don't have credit.' I was 22. I didn't really have anything," Jessica said.

A year later, Jessica has everything. So now, she is giving back.

"Any opportunity I get to do something like this, I want to do it because somebody was there to do it for me," Jessica said.

That's why all these volunteers are here. They are building a house from the ground up right here in the Lowe's parking lot.

"It's a gorgeous day today, and what makes it even more beautiful is the incredible support that we're getting from Lowe's. Not only do they have a ton of great volunteers out helping us raise the walls, but over the course of about 10 years, they've impacted the lives of 50 families here in Baton Rouge," said Lynn Clark, the director of the Greater Baton Rouge Habitat for Humanity.

This is part of Habitat for Humanity and Lowe's partnership called "Hammers for Habitat." They are hoping to recruit 100,000 new volunteers this year. So they can serve one million people by 2018.

"Lowe's has had a partnership with Habitat since 2003, and we recently just signed an extension for the next five years where we are going to contribute $23 million worth of donations as a company to Habitat nation-wide," said Greg Rutherford, Lowe's market director of South Louisiana.

"We're encouraging people to come out and support Habitat in their local community," Clark said.

If you're interested in seeing what the house looks like, it will be in the parking lot at the Lowe's in Siegen Marketplace. It will be there until Tuesday. Then volunteers will transport the house to it's permanent location.

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