New Albany church, volunteers help to rebuild Henryville homes


by Michelle Arnold

Posted on August 1, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 5:42 PM

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) -- With every swing of the hammer, each nail into the wood, frame by frame, little by little, volunteers are rebuilding what the deadly tornadoes destroyed on March 2.

"We will be able to stand up ten homes on October 8 all at on time," said Bill Moriarty, construction director for Habitat for Humanity.

That's because Habitat for Humanity, Crossroads Missions, and Northside Christian Church in New Albany along with 300 volunteers started to build the homes in the church parking lot.

Some brought a tool belt, but everyone brought two hands to help and a giving heart.

All day long community members became carpenters, builders and project leaders.

"Anybody with a willing heart is able to help," said Moriarty.

They watched their neighbors' homes reduce to shambles in a matter of minutes, but Wednesday, new houses began to take shape in mere minutes too.

"They'll be able to drive by one of those homes in Henryville and say 'I helped build those walls,'" said Moriarty.

Click here for information about volunteering with Habitat Indiana.

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