Habitat for Humanity draw down and festival

Pine Belt residentsenjoyed fun in the sun during the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity'ssecond annual ten thousand dollar draw down at the Walthall Center Saturday.

Guests also took part in the inauguralHabitat Festival which featured live music, inflatable jumps for children andvarious booths including food and merchandise. Habitat officials stated thatover 500 draw down tickets were sold in conjunction with the event.

"We work in partnershipwith low income families to put them in safe and secure homes, affordablehousing which increases their children's performance rates at school andincreases their attendance at school, it increases property values for all oftheir neighbors and overall increases the property tax of the whole city," saidLaura Goodwin-Wright, Habitat Resource Development & CommunicationsManager.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Habitat officials hope to build a home withthe money raised from the festival and draw down.