Volunteers from three states join Petal High School to build Habitat for Humanity house

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - PETAL, MS (WDAM) - A house is being built in Petal on West 4th St. by volunteers from Habitat for Humanity.

The 21 student-volunteers came from three different universities: Austin Peay in Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Thomas Moore in Kentucky. Some also came from Petal High School.

Construction for the future home started March 3 and is expected to be finished in three months.

The home is for a Valerie Patterson of Petal who also comes and helps the students from time to time with construction.

The students who volunteered had to pay their own way to Petal, and some took their own vehicles as well. Students drove up to 17 hours to reach their destination.

"They're responsible for their own travel to get here," said Volunteer Coordinator Laine Burnett. "We have one group that drove seventeen hours to get here."

Local business in Hattiesburg donate food to the volunteers, and each day, a different business in the area will sponsor Habitat for Humanity.

Burnett has only been on the job since January, but she said she likes the challenge.

"It's just amazing to see how much they change each other's life, and most of all, how much this group of people changes my life," said Burnett.

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