Tears of joy came with the keys to a woman’s very own home this holiday season.
Kourtney Hairston worked hard to become a homeowner.
For countless Saturdays, Hairston has put in eight hours a Saturday of sweat equity, not letting her children in on the secret that they hopefully would soon have a new home.
“My babies don’t know yet,” Hairston said. “It’s kind of like a Christmas present to them, so once they find out, they’ll be surprised.”
Hairston worked alongside volunteers who helped her build her new home. Construction took 23 weeks.
“We sat there and bent nails together,” Habitat volunteer Charlie Bergman said. “We had a blast.”
Hairston and the volunteers unveiled the home recently to her children, DJ, Chavon and Chico.
“We want you to know we’ve sewn this with warmth and love, faith and community, and that’s what we hope for you, too,” one of the volunteers said.
Hairston’s son cried as he found out he would receive his own room. DJ had been calling a cramped apartment home.
“It means a lot to me,” DJ said. “She was working hard to make us a safe home.”
Hairston said that she hopes her children now can understand why she has not been home lately.
“It was to help them,” Hairston said.
Hairston said her home has grown and so has she.
“I’m stronger than what I thought,” Hairston said. “I can do more than I thought.”
Hairston’s dream of homeownership would not have come true without her heart, her time investment and Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s all mine, and this amazing, beautiful house is mine, and my children were ready to get in here and get Christmas started,” Hairston said. “The big gift is here.”
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