Posted: Mar 4, 2013 12:12 PM by Janine Reyes
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 6:55 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- In the weeks ahead, we'll likely see plenty of spring breakers making their way to the Coastal Bend.
One group of college students from Virginia came in last night, but they won't be hitting the beaches, they'll be spending their time helping a local family build a brand new home.
Nail guns, saws and construction aren't exactly the sounds you associate with spring break. But they are the sounds student Beatriz Ferreria will associate with her last spring break.
The senior volleyball player says her athletic director proposed the trip as part of a collegiate challenge and she and several fellow athletes accepted. They started collecting money and holding raffles in January to help fund the trip. Each student also contributed $150 to the construction supplies.
"I think this is really important because you're giving a family an opportunity to have their own house and its really rewarding for us," Ferreria explained.
The students have never met the grandmother who plans to one day live in the home with her grandson. They know she's been with the program about a year and has helped other families build their homes. Now, its her turn.
"The only thing we know, she's coming this week, we didn't meet them yet, but all we know is that she's ready, she helped a lot of houses already, because she got her 300 hours done," Ferreria explained, "her name is Maria."
It will probably be another year or so before Maria's house is complete, but with help from the athletes here this week, the project will make some major strides.
"Hopefully by the end of the week we'll have all our walls up and maybe even starting our joints," said Habitat for Humanity Supervisor Mark Blankenship.
Blankenship will guide the students through the process. None have ever helped build a home. Most have never even set foot in Texas.
Ferreria is originally from Brazil, but she spent a year at school in Laredo, this is her first time to Corpus Christi. She's excited to leave a piece of her hard work and dedication behind for a family in need.
"I really hope that Maria's going to be happy to have her own house," Ferreria said.
In the weeks ahead two other groups of college students will also spend a week helping build homes here.
A group called the Care-A-Vanners will come offer help as well, they are retirees who travel in RV's and help at various habitat for humanity locations.
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