Strawberries, Paint, and Habitat for Humanity

IMG_3193Last Saturday’s 1st Annual Habitat Strawberry & Craft Festival in downtown Ocala drew thousands eager to enjoy a warm, sunny March day while eating strawberry shortcake, chocolate dipped strawberries, pancakes topped with sliced berries, and other berry treats.

Entertainment on two stages, a car show, craft booths, as well as the Saturday farmer’s market kept festival goers busy and best of all raised thousands of dollars…in fact more than $30,000 of the $40,000 needed to build their next Habitat house.

John and I prepared strawberries for the festival last Friday, but mostly, we ate strawberries in support of the Habitat for Humanity cause. Meanwhile, Meghan, Jon, and several of their friends painted a habitat house in New Smyrna on Saturday.

Saturday’s volunteer crew painted the exterior of a house that will soon be occupied by my nephew, Matt. He’s been working on other habitat projects in Volusia county to fulfill his “sweat equity” requirement, attending budget workshops, and squeezing in time at his own future habitat house around his hectic schedule working two jobs; so a team of seven, paint brushes at the ready, was a welcome sight.

ImageMatt (third from the left) with his volunteer crew: Jonathan, Meghan, his brother, Dylan, Erica, Jay, Devin, and Kevin.

Another team of volunteers arrived this morning to continue working. I can hardly wait to see the pictures after Emily and Brent, two more of Matt’s cousins, Emily’s husband, Brian, and their friends put in another day’s work!

Looking for a productive day of volunteering? Consider Habitat for Humanity or shop at one of their Restores to financially support their mission.

Habitat’s Mission: Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.