Legacy Build brings volunteers from across the world to Minden

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 8:23am

Shanika Harris lives in a mobile home with her two young sons. Next week, though, she'll move into a brand new home on Millard Fuller Drive in Minden. It's part of the Millard Fuller legacy build, which is bringing hundreds of volunteers from around the world to build 8 new homes. They're also repairing 7 others for families in need.

On site this week is co-founder Lisa Fuller. She and her husband Millard began Habitat for Humanity in 1975, after becoming millionaires at a young age...and realizing the money wasn't enough to make them happy. Since then, Habitat for Humanity has built half a million homes for 2 million people across the globe. In 2005, they founded the Fuller Center for Housing, which dispatches crews to builds homes around the world.

This week's Legacy Build is in honor of Millard Fuller, who died three years ago. Volunteers have come from as far away as Peru. For Shanika Harris and her boys, it's a new beginning. "Once they get on this street and see the basketball goal up, they're gonna be much excited," she said.

The build began Monday and will last through Friday. A dedication is planned for that afternoon. If you would like to donate to the Fuller Center for Housing or Habitat for Humanity, visit the websites at http://fullercenter.org/ or http://www.habitat.org/.

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