Mark Twain Area Habitat for Humanity President Brad Kurz says the Blitz Build began in Hannibal today with just a foundation and a floor. By 11 a.m. three dozen volunteers had the exterior walls in place and interior walls framed at 1510 Pleasant Street.  Roof trusses were being lowered into position.  Kurz says the full roof should be in place by this evening.

In addition to the construction crew, members of the Mark Twain Realtors Association were providing refreshments for the workers.

Kurz says families moving into a Habitat home pay for labor and materials not donated. That cost is substantially less thanks to volunteer labor and in-kind donations from suppliers. The chosen family is expected to contribute a good deal of their own sweat equity in lieu of a down payment. Kurz says Habitat for Humanity not only helps families with physical housing, they also lend assistance with getting their financial house in order.

Adriel Vedenhaupt and her two children, Mackenzie Vedenhaupt and Coby Hopwood are excited about moving into the 3-bedroom, 2-bath house. Adriel says she was in shock when she received the news that her family was chosen to occupy the home. She counts it a real blessing, and is very grateful to HFH for the opportunity. They hope to be moved in before the holidays.

Brad Kurz says there is a continuing need for volunteers to help finish the home. Workers are especially needed during the week .