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Group volunteers to make Children's Hope Alliance house a true home

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The landscaping showcased the return for their efforts.

LGI Homes is working to brighten the lives of girls at the Children’s Hope Alliance by turning their house into a home.

On June 6, LGI Homes took a project for their national LGI Service Impact Day and turned it into an impactful week in Iredell County. On a set day, across the nation LGI shuts down work to help cater to the local community – this year, renovating the Nelson House at Children’s Hope Alliance was one of those projects.

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The Nelson House is the home for six girls ranging in age from 13 to 17. Many of the buildings that house the children were built in the 1960s, said Sarah Gray, chief development officer at Children’s Hope Alliance.

“We try our best to do things internally to save money, but nothing to this extent,” Gray said about previous renovations.

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The group worked to clean out one of the houses on the property

The company selected Children’s Hope Alliance above other options due to its mission and what it stands for.

“It was just truly when we heard the mission we just wanted to help out,” said John Abounader, purchasing and estimating manager. “[We] believe in what they are doing.”

“We like to change peoples’ lives and we want to make a big impact on children’s lives.”

And a big impact is what they made for the staff and children alike.

“LGI Homes has been here since Monday,” Emily Carney, volunteer coordinator at Children’s Hope Alliance said last Thursday. “The kids are very excited… they are so excited always asking questions like what color counters are we getting?”

LGI did not limit itself to what was assigned, but went further than expected by taking on more projects.

“They have totally gone above and beyond … even working on a deck on another home,” Carney said. “(I) can’t say enough about how amazing this is.”

The renovations included but were not limited to new walls, siding, deck, countertops, appliances, carpet and gutters.

“We are going to redo everything,” Abounader said.

The goal is to make the place the girls are living into a true home for them.

“Make it more of a home for them to feel safe here,” Abounader said. “Make their day a little brighter.”

“The exciting thing is this is their home… and they can be proud of their home,” Carney said. “I think what is really cool for the kids is they see action… see something done for them out of love.”

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Volunteer Nicole Foley works on the interior of the home.

This love is expressed through the donations and effort that was given to the girls throughout the week. The girls not only got new renovations, but welcome-home baskets when they arrived back from school.

“Everything is done through donations,” Abounader said.

Whirlpool donated all appliances, Sherwin Williams donated all of the paint, and some companies helped the residents through donations of supplies like shampoo and blankets.

This renovation was made possible with the help of over 30 different companies and/or organizations that gave time and resources.

The following local and national entities played a role in helping make the Hudson House a home: AC Products, CNT Plumbing, Afina drywall and paint, Atlanta Flooring, Carter Lumber, Century Cabinets, Rite Rug, PPI (Pender and Pettus Inc.), JCS (Jones Construction Services of the Carolinas), GTM Drywall and Paint, Haskell’s Hardware, Majestic Marble and Glass, Intown Granite, BFS (Builders First Source), ELM Landscaping, Parks Heating and Air, PandTL, B Organized, Foothills Roofing, Shaw Flooring Products, Mohawk Flooring Products, Sherwin Williams, Alside Building Products, Ferguson Enterprises, Whirlpool, Moen, AYS (At Your Service Cleaning services), Mercado’s Dumpster Service, BSA Troop 46 and LGI Homes employees.

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