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Habitat For Humanity Gets Help From Far Away

May 16, 2012, 7:12 AM by Austin Hoffman

Habitat For Humanity Gets Help From Far Away
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Every year Habitat for Humanity gives thousands of homes across the county facelift. The group is currently working on one near downtown Sioux Falls.  But the help is coming from much farther away.

You might know of someone who has traveled across the United States to help build or fix up a home for Habitat for Humanity.
    
But this time, a group traveled to Sioux Falls from the East Coast to help out. And they say they're having a great time for a good cause.

"First we started by scraping all the old paint off and we primed it today," team leader Kate Sisk said.

A group of six Temple University students make the trek to Sioux Falls from Pennsylvania to help paint the nearly century-old house. Sisk says South Dakota stuck out above the rest.

"Our school takes a trip every year and this year we chose South Dakota because it was something none of us have ever done before," Sisk said.

Bob Watkins is homeowner's father.  He says the project wouldn't be where it is today if wasn't for the help.

"They're doing a good job. I can't complain. It's free help.  They were here at 8:00 this morning and they're doing a great job," Watkins said.

He says the early morning help came out of the blue and he's very glad the volunteers showed up.

"I was really surprised but I'm sure thankful," Watkins said.

Some may wonder what drives a group of college students to come this far to paint a house but the answer is quite simple.

"I look at other people, especially in Philadelphia and Temple University, it's not in the greatest area and we're very fortunate in what we have.  And I just really want to help other people because I've been given so much with my family and everything and I want to share that with everyone else," Sisk said.

The girls also say they're having a great time in Sioux Falls because everyone has been extremely nice and welcoming.

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