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Local heroes spend 9/11 with Habitat for Humanity

Updated: Wednesday, September 11 2013, 06:34 PM CDT
Reported by: Kyle Rogers

YORK -- On this Sept. 11, hundreds of organizations across the country are joining together to commemorate the anniversary of this day.

Veterans and volunteers joined together, picked up their hammers and saws, to build a home for somebody who needs one.

The York Habitat for Humanity had hopes today, to rekindle the spirit of unity and common purpose felt by all Americans shortly after the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Today, these volunteers set themselves a challenge -- to be a hero through service to their community.

It's a construction project that's well underway, but it's a special project for Chip Hoover.

"I'm here in honor of my father-in-law and in memory of my dad," Hoover said.
He and several other volunteers decided to spend the hot day working together.

"It's good to work with and help people do something different than they do in their regular lives," he added.

The volunteers were taking a few hours from what they would normally be doing and instead were building a home.

"IN honor of 9/11, we have vets and relatives and friends of vets -- 25 people -- here this morning," Jim Mummert said.

The home is along South Albemarle Street.

"I think a lot of people give back to the community; (we have) a lot of executives and retired people who want to give back," Mummert added.

"I like to help people.  I believe in helping people I believe in helping those I do everything to help out somebody, it's a good feeling to help out," Keith Bowyer said. 

As volunteers hammered, sawed, and put up dry wall, they reflected on spending this day of national service and remembrance to bring back a purpose, to make a difference.

"I've been through years where people wouldn't help me and now I can help other people and that's beautiful," Bowyer added.

Almost 65 people turned out today, and the family should be moving in by November. 

Meanwhile, Habitat For Humanity says it still needs volunteers. If you're interested in volunteering, go to heroes spend 9/11 with Habitat for Humanity

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