Lufkin's First Baptist Church hard at work on home for less fortunate

Published: Feb. 8, 2015 at 11:39 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 10, 2015 at 6:45 AM CST
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - For East Texans passing through the streets of downtown Lufkin, you may notice something a little out of the ordinary.

Lufkin's First Baptist Church is building a house right in their parking lot.

Coordinator of the building project, David Sanders, explains that this isn't any ordinary construction assignment.

"Today we're out here putting up the walls of a project house that we're building for a family in Penitas, TX, the Solis family," said Sanders. "We have been selected to build a house by Buckner International."

Once completed, the house will travel seven hours south to the valley.

"We're building it in fashion where we can take it apart, put it on a flatbed truck, and ship it down to the valley," Sanders said. "Then we will reassemble all the parts that we built here."

A team from First Baptist will make the trip with the home.

"Then when we're done in about 10 days, we will give the keys to the family and come back home," said Sanders.

Wall by wall, the house began to take on a whole new life, all thanks to the community members involved.

"It's not just about us getting together and having fun building," Sanders explained. "There was actually a result that was positive that we've heard improved their lives and that made it all worth it."

Sanders says they have seen the positive effects it has on the previous family that received a home.

"It just gives them a sense of ownership and a sense of pride in what they do," said Sanders.

He also explains the benefits are equally rewarding for the people putting in this hard work.

"It just makes it really worthwhile when you hear that you've helped somebody," Sanders said.

The team from First Baptist is moving the home on the second week of March, which is spring break for most schools, and encourages anyone and everyone to join.

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