Habitat Announcement

The address of 2512 26th Street is the site of Meridian's soon to be built 44th Habitat House. Along with donated items, organizers say they need to raise at least $36,000 for the project.

"Habitat has always had the policy that we really don't start building a house until we have money in hand," says Fonda Rush, who is the executive director for the local Habitat for Humanity.

To raise the money, Habitat has planned three special fundraisers. The first one is "Habi-tot Construction Day." It will be held this Saturday for children ages two to six.

"What I'm going to do is I'm going to lay these blocks around the slab and we're gonna have the field dirt brought in, and they're going to come out with their Tonka trucks, their beach buckets and their shovels and we're gonna push dirt and get very dirty," says Reggie Thomas, who is the construction manager for Lauderdale County's Habitat for Humanity.

The times for this will be from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. this Saturday, and a donation of $10 per child is requested; $10 is also the costs for the "Habitat Squares" fundraisers, where you can purchase square blocks for the 1,100 square foot foundation.

"Buy a square and the Art Department from Meridian Community College will come and paint your name creatively," says Thomas.

The unveiling of the blocks will be April 23 from 3 p.m. until dark when a block of the street in front of the house will be closed off for concert featuring several rock and Christian groups. The entry price for this will be $15.

All proceeds raised will go toward construction of the house, which is set to begin next month. Once finished, Habitat officials say the new house will look much like the Habitat House next to it, which was finished in December. Like it, the new house will also have three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms.

If all goes well, the new Habitat House is set to be finished by June. For more information, call the local Habitat for Humanity at (601) 485-4992.