DOBBINS HEIGHTS — The Andrews family joined the community of Dobbins Heights Thursday during a home dedication ceremony organized by Habitat for Humanity of the N.C. Sandhills.
The family stood on the front porch of their new home, surrounded by Habitat officials and community representatives from numerous organizations who welcomed them and the nearly 80 guests to a chicken dinner provided by Perdue Foods’ Rockingham Plant and Pepsi Bottling Ventures.
Habitat Executive Director Amie Fraley asked all Habitat employees who were present to raise their hands so that people could identify them to ask questions if they wanted to learn more about the organization.
“This house is more than just the materials that are inside it,” Fraley said. “It is about the heart and the love that is sitting out in this yard right now. And we love to see this kind of human experience. This is what Habitat is all about.”
Construction Manager Tom Mann said the project had been special to him.
“This was the very first house that I have done with Habitat from day one,” he said. “All the others have been involved with someone else. I’ve had a blast doing this and made some good friends in Richmond County and quite enjoyed it.”
Mann asked all who had pitched in and worked on the Andrews house to raise their hands and the guests applauded them.
“I’ve got some very special people I want to call up here and thank,” he continued. “And I want to start with number one — Edward Tender. I told the lady that when she moves in, she needs to have this guy over for dinner every night for two months, because this house would not be here today if it was not for Edward Tender and his ‘Dobbins Heights Militia.’
“And Ozie Felder has kept everyone fed here,” Mann continued. “He’s come out and done everything he could do, from swinging a hammer to pushing a broom. We have been very thankful to have him here. And just for the record, it’s not ‘Ozzie.’ It’s Ozie.”
Representatives of the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation and State Employees Credit Union spoke before housewarming gifts were given by Pinehurst United Methodist Church, the Artist League of the Sandhills and Sandhills Quilters Guild. The Richmond County Literacy Council gave the family a supply of books to read, and after a home blessing, dinner was served.
Later, the family expressed their gratitude to Habitat and all of the sponsors.
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