Story by WVUA 23’s Julia Smith.

On Monday morning, volunteers woke up to complete a special project in a short amount of time.

“We are honoring the service of U.S. military veteran Gloria Burns by blitz building her habitat home in six days during the week of Veterans Day,”  said Ellen Potts, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa.

Burns applied for a habitat home to provide a peaceful and safe home for her family. Burns has volunteered to build new homes for Habitat for Humanity before, but now it is her chance for a dream home.

“I was amazed when they said they were going to do a blitz I was excited they were doing it for me in one week,” Burns said. “I thank god for this and all the volunteers that came out on this beautiful day to build my house.”

Burns is currently watching her grandchildren while her daughter follows in her footsteps by serving in the National Guard.

Not only are volunteers excited to build a home for a new family, but they are also thrilled to work on a home that will house a veteran.

“That’s super encouraging that we can help a veteran out and give someone a home who has served our country,”  said Chandler Coston, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and UA student.

“We are giving Ms. Burns and those two sweet little girls a wonderful place to call home,” Potts said.

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