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A child’s thrill

By Kenzie and Nicole Jackson
Habitat for Humanity homeowner family members




Editor’s note:
The Jackson family’s Habitat house was built during the 2010 Carter Work Project. Mother and daughter share their reactions to 7-year-old Kenzie Jackson’s photo gracing the cover of Habitat for Humanity International’s 2010 Annual Report.

Kenzie: My momma told me that my picture was going to be on there. She said, “Guess what?”

Nicole: I teased her and said, “Oh, they just mentioned something about using your picture and asked if that would be OK.”

Kenzie: I said, “Did you say ‘yes’ or ‘no’?” And she told me she said “no!”

Nicole: [laughing] She stopped hopping and jumping all around and said, “Moooom!” I had to tell her pretty quickly I was joking.

Kenzie: I love our house. I love sleeping in my room and eating downstairs. We have fun. We go outside and play hide-and-go-seek.

Nicole: She’s been doing really, really good. They all just think of everything they can to put up on the walls. Kenzie told me she wants to get a Justin Bieber poster up on her wall. Her wall? My walls!

Kenzie: My room is my favorite spot. I want to paint my room something instead of white. Purple. I stole that from my mom’s favorite color.

Nicole: I don’t know about that. But I’m happy that they’re loving it. I think our favorite thing is just all hanging out downstairs and watching movies together.

Kenzie: And running around the house!


Tonia wrote:

Very sweet! It makes me even happier to have been involved in a couple Habitat projects and makes me look forward to participating even more.

Nicole wrote:

Thank you for sharing our story because we really are blessed and happy to be a part of Habitat for Humanity. My children's life will never be the same, and we are so happy!

Sarah wrote:

I want to get involved, and I want to help with the houses, but I'm not with a program or group. wrote:


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