Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds housing, gathered over 70 volunteers to construct a home in the middle of Times Square. The “Hammers for Habitat” event will also be a collaboration between community volunteers, and Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteers.
This event is part of a nationwide volunteer drive that will raise walls in 10 cities other cities, including: Atlanta, Baton Rouge, La., Charlotte, N.C., Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Seattle, and St. Louis.
The house will then be transferred to Sea Bright, New Jersey and be given to the family of Leslie Morris.
Morris, who lived with her 19-year-old autistic son, lost her home during Hurricane Sandy in the fall of 2012. Habitat for Humanity will provide the 57-year-old with a three-bedroom house that’s built on a raised foundation.
The construction started on Wednesday, March 19 at 9 a.m. and will finish on Friday March 21 at 11 a.m. The walls are constructed at Broadway Plaza in Times Square between 42nd and 43rd streets.
The “Hammers for Habitat” initiative is part of a larger plan of Habitat for Humanity to mobilize 100,000 new volunteers this year and reach a goal of serving one million people annually by 2018.