Volunteers work Easter weekend on Habitat home for Lufkin couple, 5 children

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Many East Texans spent their Easter weekend lending a helping hand.

More than a dozen volunteers put on their tool belts to work on the 17th Habitat for Humanity home in Angelina County.

With each saw cut and every nail, the Truscott's first home is taking shape and Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County and a group of dedicated volunteers are helping to make it happen.

"It's a home for the cost of what the donations that come in, the materials that we buy and they get a very affordable home. No interest. No closing costs, no down payment," said Terri Cawley, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County.

For Daphne Truscott, her husband Eric and their 5 children it's a dream come true.

"We've always lived in apartments and everyone else's things but to have something for ourselves is security and just a blessing," said Daphne Truscott, homeowner.

But the Truscott's aren't just watching their home be built, they're building it.

"They have to do sweat-equity on the home which means anywhere from 4 to 600 hours that they're out here building as you will Daphne and her husband," said Cawley.

"We've been here from day one, we actually started from cleaning the land," said Truscott. "I know I played a big part in it a lot of the times you get a home and you walk into what's there but I can kind of say it's from t he ground up so that's exciting."

Daphne say's she'll never forget the moment that she learned she would have a home of her own.

"I just started screaming and my kids came in and they thought I was crying but I was like we're getting a house and we didn't know where it was or what it was going to look like but we were excited like we were moving in the next day and just to know that we were getting a new start in a new place was truly a blessing for us," said Truscott.

The Truscott's home is the 17th Habitat for Humanity home that's been built in Angelina County and executive director, Terri Cawley says it wouldn't have been possible without the help of all the community partners, volunteers and donations that make these projects possible.

The Truscott's home is expected to be finished within the next six months but Habitat for Humanity still needs volunteers to help make it happen.

Habitat also recently acquired two new lots as a donation from councilman Victor Travis and they will soon be taking applications for individuals/families for those future homes.

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