LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - On a warm April Saturday, the sounds of power saws, hammers and nail guns rang out across north Lufkin.
The sounds were coming from a small lot on Culverhouse street. About 30 volunteers from across Angelina County showed up to help the Johnson family and Habitat for Humanity of Angelina County on the construction of their new home. Six of those volunteers were members of the Pineywoods All Stars. The players will be competing for Angelina County at the 7th annual Pineywoods Showdown on Monday April 20.
Each team picked a charity to play for and coach Shawn Jones had no problem picking the home builders.
"Athletics is part of life that is pretty quick," Jones said. "Life will continue but athletics is going to stop. I think it is neat to see something that is going to be lasting and a legacy to them."
The Johnson's home will be ready in about 6 months. Organizers at Habitat say the strong work ethic in the youth volunteers is encouraging to them.
"We love it. We find when we work with youth, they do a better job and they are always willing to come back out. We are just blessed," Director Terri Cawley said. "There are so many worthy charities in Angelina County and we were chosen."
Habitat is a non-profit, Christian organization. The group partners with families that buy the homes. The homeowners will pay for the home with no interest on the house. In order to get the home through habitat, the homeowners must invest hundreds of hours of their own labor. Getting help on such a big project is a welcome sight to the Johnson family.
"It's amazing," Kandice Johnson said. "It's a blessing. We are grateful to be having this house built."
Jones said he was happy with the turnout because the players that showed up could have stayed home and enjoyed the sunny weather. The players were also happy to lend a helping hand.
"It's just the right thing to do," Worth Gabriel said. "To give back to the community for everything they do for us."
"I've heard the name before, but I really didn't understand what they did and how they did it, but to come out here and see the things they do; it really will help with us playing the game," Dakota West said.
If the Angelina Boys win over the Nacogdoches boys, then Habitat for Humanity will take home the profits from the game. The girls' game tips off at 6 p.m. followed by the boys. Admission is $5. Games will be played at Panther Gym.