Habitat for Humanity, FGCU softball team raise walls of future home for family

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Habitat for Humanity helps families attain home ownership. (CREDIT: WINK News)

Habitat for Humanity and the Florida Gulf Coast University softball team came together on Saturday morning to help one family get closer to having a home.

The team volunteered its time to help raise the walls of the future Harlem Heights home of a mother and daughter who have been living in overcrowded conditions.

Daniela Marquetti and her mother Hilda Gonzalez share a 2-bedroom, 1-bath home with another family.

They need an affordable and decent place to live and Habitat for Humanity and the team are helping them achieve their goal.

“I’m really happy because soon I’m gonna be owning my own house. I’m really grateful for this girl’s helping us today and I am really excited to see that everything’s coming up together and everything is just going really fast,” Gonzalez said.

Katie Cribbs, public relations coordinator, said they’re thankful for the athletes who volunteered their time.

“These athletes, they’re full-time students. They’re full-time athletes, yet they’re finding the time to come out this Saturday and help build a home,” Cribbs said. “And what’s truly special is once these walls are up, once they have this experience, they’re going to forever be able to drive by that home, to drive by that site and say, I helped build that house, and it’s truly going to be an amazing experience for them.”

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