Habitat Humanity "Crazies" build local home in 2 days

(WBIR-Morristown) Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity hosted a group that built a home for a Morristown family in two days.

The Habitat Road Trip Crazies teamed up with Lakeway Area to give the Barnousky's a new home.

More than 170 volunteers helped build the home on Holly Ave. About 50 of those volunteers are with the Habitat Road Trip Crazies, based out of Lynchburg, Va.

"My hope was that we'd be able to do it in about 1 hour and 15 minutes, because as I get older I don't have quite as much energy," joked Tom Gerdy, with Habitat Road Trip Crazies.

He went on to say, "But that didn't happen so the next best thing was two days and we did it. We're in the homestretch right now."

The Barnousky's will buy the home at 0% interest and will only pay for the cost of the materials.

According to Lakeway Area Habitat for Humanity, the city plans to condemn the Barnousky's current house after they move.

"We've had ceilings fall in while we were sitting in rooms and had to leave, things have gotten damaged, our floors tend to fall in, the plumbing breaks constantly. It's constant chaos. You never really know what's going to happen next. It's been in terrible shape for a long time and that's just how we've been living," said Tamar Barnousky, daughter of Brenda Barnousky.

Volunteers wrote messages on the wood, that were then covered with drywall.

"The amount of love that they were showing to total strangers was really... it makes me want to be like that. They were all awesome people and I want to be the kind of person who does that," said Alice Barnousky.

"It's an entirely new life," Tamar said.

The family plans to move into their new home before Christmas.

This is Lakeway Area Habitat For Humanity's 55th home.

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