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Volunteers use spring break to build home for Alabama woman


Duane Dixon, left, cuts through a stud as Cole Medders, second from left, Mason Moore and Philip Guin look on at a home under construction Northport, Ala. More than 100 volunteers are building a home for a 67-year-old wheelchair-bound widow as part of a project called Blitz Build 2011, organized by the University Church of Christ in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Photo by Dusty Compton, Tuscaloosa News, via www.tuscaloosanews.com)

The Tuscaloosa News in Alabama reports:

NORTHPORT — Julie Ramm is taking time off from work this week to go to work.
Ramm, an employee of the city of Northport, said she took vacation days because her children are out of school for spring break. But rather than head to the beach or catch up on projects at her house, she decided to help build a house for someone in need.
She and more than 100 volunteers plan to build and furnish the house in five days in a project they called Blitz Build 2011. The recipient of the house, a 67-year-old wheelchair-bound widow living in a rundown house in Tuscaloosa’s West End, is expected to move into her new home in Northport on Saturday.
For the past several years, members of the University Church of Christ and its University Christian Ministry have helped the woman, who preferred not to be identified by name, by working on her home, said volunteer architect Turnley Smith.

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