Local Firefighters Team Up to Help Habitat for Humanity

There has been a lot of excitement this week in a neighborhood off Crosstown, where an amazing project is underway.

A single mother and her family will soon be able to move into a brand new house, which they would not have been able to afford without the help of Habitat for Humanity.

A group of Corpus Christi firefighters decided to help by volunteering their manpower and time for the cause at the home on the 1800 block of Craig Street Friday. They are used to responding to emergency situations, but grouting a floor is a different story.

"First time I've done it," said Tony Keith of the Corpus Christi Fire Department. "Good experience."

It was a good experience for a good cause. Keith, from Station 7, is one of about 20 firefighters who spent their day off from work by helping to build a brand new home there on Craig Street. The project is a part of Habitat for Humanity.

"I turn a group like this on a house, and it's amazing the things they get done," said Mark Blankenship of Habitat for Humanity. "We cannot do the things we do without groups like the firefighters coming out to help us."

It's a dirty job, but one the firefighters said they are happy to do.

"Why do this? Better question is why not?" said Thomas Cruise, a firefighter from Station 14. "We take our oath for the people, all the time, every time. Just because I put on my shirt that I'm a fire fighter doesn't mean that's the only time I do things."

"We're a family," Keith said. "This is our second family. Everything we do at work, we do as a team, so we do something like this, and also do it as a team."

That teamwork will benefit a mother and her three children, who will eventually call this their new home. Habitat for Humanity hopes to have it completed in time for the family to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.


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