HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Volunteers participated in the #WeAreHattie community service project Saturday afternoon to contribute to the 9/11 national day of service.
People went to work drilling, hammering and repairing homes throughout Hattiesburg.
"Just being able to come out here and make a community better is amazing," said volunteer Danicqua Stevens.
Habitat for Humanity helped home owner Zepher Means by repairing ramps in the front and back of her home.
"I appreciate everything that they are doing because I know the Lord had a hand in it," Means said.
This meant a lot to her because she uses a wheelchair to get in and out of her house.
"God is good he really blessed me and I am just happy because when you are handicapped like I am at 71, I had a hard time getting around," Means said.
Several students from the University of Southern Mississippi participated in this project and said it felt good helping out in the community.
"Just for a small community to come together and do what they do is just an amazing thing," Stevens said.
Others volunteers helped out at Thames Elementary by fixing flower beds outside.
"This is a school I went to so I think its important to give back," said volunteer Perry Overstreet.
Chris Ferrel, program coordinator at the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Southern Miss, said it felt good being able to help out during the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
"9/11 was a tragic event, but out of that tragic event we can choose to create something positive, and that's what this effort for We Are Hattie is," Ferrel said.
Sunday a service will honor the victims of 9/11 at Hattiesburg Fire Station 1 at 8:00 a.m.