By SUSAN SHARP
With Christmas just days away, one family is getting a gift that is sure not to fit in their stockings.
Alishia McCoy and her four children are getting a home.
They are the 24 th family in Campbell County to benefit not only from their own hard work but also from the Campbell County Habitat for Humanity chapter (CCHH.)
The home was started this fall and thanks to help from many people the McCoys will awake in it next Thursday morning.
It has been a long road for the single mother of four. She not only worked on her home, McCoy recruited help for the project while attending school at Roane State, said Marie Kile of CCHH.
McCoy applied for the Habitat program and after being accepted set out to find a location for her new home. When she approached the CCHH board with her choice of building lots, Keith Kile said the response was “why not.”
While applicants selecting their house lot are not common practice, it set a tone of firsts for this project.
The building trades’ instructor at Campbell County High School, David Miller, asked if his students could use the home as learning tool.
Keith Kile said CCHH was more than willing to accept the offer.
The class later surprised the CCHH crew by installing the floor joists ahead of schedule and without help.
Taking a cue from the building trades’ class, the boys’ basketball team at CCHS also pitched in on the home. These young men installed windows, roof trusses and roof sheeting along with the felt, Keith Kile said.
McCoy’s friends soon upped the antae by completing the back porch and metal roofing project ahead of schedule.
The Kiles said the help on this project has been a true blessing. Work on the McCoy’s home would often go into the evening hours. When the CCHH volunteers were done for the day, McCoy’s friends would show up after work to finish tasks.
CCHH volunteers hoped to complete the project in time for the family to enjoy Christmas in a new home.
Their wish has been realized.
On Saturday at 3 p.m., the home on Big Springs Lane will be dedicated.
For more information on the ceremony contact the Kiles at 566-7666.