Wells Fargo marks milestone by helping build Habitat house
Updated: Updated 06/02/2012 05:13 PM
By: Brittany Edney
NEWPORT, N.C. -- Wells Fargo employees worked for Habitat for Humanity in Newport on Saturday to commemorate 160 years in business.
Future homeowner Tracy Simons says Habitat represents “a new life, a new beginning." The Simonses say their new home will allow their kids to go to a better school and live in a safer environment.
"It feels good and they can get away from the place we're in now,” Allen Simons said. “There's too much drugs around and this looks like a lot better place."
Volunteers, like those from Wells Fargo, are responsible for helping the family get a fresh start.
"It's just such a heartwarming experience to realize you had a part in a beginning of a new life for somebody else," Wells Fargo district manager Lisa Geiman said.
Wells Fargo, commemorating being in business for 160 years, marked the milestone by donating $160,000 to Habitat branches in North Carolina.
"Our whole team is just so excited to be a part of their new future," said Geiman.
Volunteers hammered, dug and cut -- working to turn raw materials into a home for a very grateful family.
"It's really exciting, we're overjoyed,” Tracy Simons said. “We're thankful that everybody could come and help us and build it all."
The Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity has built more than 80 homes and helped almost 500 people since opening in 1988.
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