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Ceremony on Saturday marks Habitat milestone
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Forsyth County News
Habitat for Humanity

• The “first nail” ceremony is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at the home site, 8170 Wallace Wood Road.
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Volunteers will hammer the first nails of Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia’s 200th build on Saturday.

Area director Mary Lamond said it is a big milestone for the the national nonprofit’s regional affiliate, which is in its 15th year of constructing homes for community members in need.

To celebrate, the local organization will open the “first nail” ceremony to the public.

“We’ll be having basically some prayers, some singing, the family will be introduced and they will put in literally the first nails into the frame,” Lamond said. “The folks that come will be able to actually write their wishes of good will on all of the two-by-fours.”

The remainder of the day will be used to frame the northeastern Forsyth home, which will be built for lifelong county resident Crystal “Chris” Hall and her three children.

Hall is a full-time employee of Ninth District Opportunity, a nonprofit that works to help low-income families become independent. She’s also a student pursuing an early education degree at Gainesville State College.

“In any other situation, there would be no way as a single parent to bring my family out of our current living situation,” Hall said in a statement, “but through Habitat, God is making this happen.”

Lamond said this project has been fully funded by American Proteins and the Tommy Bagwell family, who requested that church groups get involved in the build.

For the project, she said, Habitat has plenty of volunteers who will help out on Saturdays, getting the home ready for the family to move in by late October.

Habitat continually accepts and recruits volunteers through other organizations, such as Hands on Forsyth.