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BCC baseball players work with Habitat for Humanity

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By Michael Paul, Sports Editor

 BCC student-athletes worked with the Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity earlier the month in putting finishing touches on the outside of a house.

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“Our athletes are trying to give back to the community,” said Robbie Allen, the BCC athletics director.

Helping on this day were BCC baseball players. But other athletes are also involved.

“It’s a mixture of our athletic department,” Allen said.

Allen said he wanted to get BCC student-athletes involved with the program last year, but scheduling conflicts prevented the arrangement.

“I thought it would be great thing for us to do to help out in the community,” he said.

 “The houses they completed last summer they didn’t start until we were wrapping up school.

“This one, they’ve got it up and we’ve been in and out helping a little bit. We’re trying to finish up. We’ll be putting on siding and hauling dirt around the yard (Nov. 5).”

Allen said this is the start of relationship with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

“We’re going to help do other things, too,” Allen said. “Our plans are to help them with their food services. We’re just going to try to stay involved with them from now on.”

The Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity, which was founded in 1994, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International; a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with the community and people in need to build and renovate affordable housing.

Since its founding, Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity has completed 28 houses in neighborhoods from Shallotte to Bolivia and Boiling Spring Lakes. It also has completed three major rehabilitation projects for the elderly.

Housing has been provided for young families with small children, single parents and the disabled. The homes are built with volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations and are sold to families with a no-interest loan. Homeowners help in building their homes and the homes of others before taking over home ownership. The money collected from the mortgage repayment is used to help finance the construction of future Habitat homes.

To volunteer or to get more information, visit brunswickcountyhabitat.org.