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Sep 30, 2013 1:43 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Heartwarming Project: 3 Days, 2 Agencies, 1 Goal

CORPUS CHRISTI - Construction started Monday on a new addition to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center on McArdle, near La Palmera Mall. Which is part of an award, the community won, that will serve a large group of people in the community.

Thousands of residents across the coastal bend will benefit from the 4-thousand square foot addition that is being built by Mueller Inc. a Ballinger, Texas based company. Harvey Manning the project leader says in June the center was awarded the 2013 "Helping Hands" award.

"There was over 200 non-profit organization that applied for the 2013 building. We started from absolutely nothing but a hope and a dream to where we installed the slab in September 6th," Manning said.

Nearly 40 volunteers from Mueller Inc. were up at the crack of dawn to start piecing together the structure. Despite Sunday's rainfall crews were able to start the building project on time, it will take them 72 hours to complete the whole project. Their hope is to help accommodate the 88 thousand people that are hearing impaired across 23 counties.

"Once it's completed then it'll be used for office space, meeting and maybe some classroom opportunities," Manning said.

This is the 5th year the company has donated a building to a non-profit organization. It's their way of giving back to communities all across the lone star state. Plus, Myrnaloy Manning, who works at the center says this will help strengthen communication.

"It'll be helpful not only for the deaf who come here but also for the hard of hearing because there's so many more of them out there who don't know what to do," Manning said.

Although the heart-warming project is for geared for those who are hard of hearing. The efforts of the volunteers to better the community will surely speak volumes to everyone.

The project is expected to be complete by this Thursday. On that morning, volunteers will dedicate the new building to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center.


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