Volunteers rehab Habitat for Humanity homes for MLK Day of Service

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — What better way to live out the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. than giving back to others. That’s exactly what volunteers did for some Habitat for Humanity homeowners.

Volunteers brought out the tools to fix up homes that were once for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The theme for Monday at the Habitat for Humanity site on Kevin Garnett Court was “What are you doing for others?”

Volunteers said this was the perfect day to give back to others.

“I felt even more awesome just to be able to help and put forth his legacy of service, it’s an awesome feeling,” said Chermaine Mainor, a future habitat homeowner. “It really is, to be helping someone.”

“Habitat For Humanity MS Capitol Area dreams of eliminating subsidized standard housing in the Jackson area,” said Cindy Griffin, the Executive Director of Habitat For Humanity MS Capitol Area.”It’s a fitting tribute to Dr. King that we be here working towards that end today.”

Ten years ago when Hurricane Katrina hit the state’s Gulf Coast, Oprah’s Angel Network and NBA star Kevin Garnett sponsored the construction of 10 homes on Elm Street, for evacuees waiting to become Habitat Homeowners. The street was later renamed Kevin Garnett Court.

About 80 volunteers came out Monday to help rehab the homes.

“It’s heartwarming letting people help us. For all of us to come together, black and white, it’s very good,” Maxine Thompson said, one of the homeowners.

Three homes were rehabbed on Garnett Court and another habitat home was fixed up not far away on Maple Street.

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