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In her own words: Grand Rapids homeowner shares thoughts on building and sharing

We have met so many people from different walks of life just sharing their gifts:

* We've met moms, sisters and daughters who came out and organized a potluck to have lunches ready.

* We've met college kids who, instead of drinking their weekend away, came out to help.

* We've met bankers whose companies financially support the build—they come out there on a weekend and get dirty.

* Even elementary school children have helped, raising money through a fund-raiser at their school.

Crystal Spence holds her youngest child, Abigail, in what currently serves as the family's living room and Crystal and her husband Darek's bedroom.

The most important thing I can say, if you're interested in helping out, is to consult your heart, because a gift from the heart, whether big or small, always keeps giving. Never think what you could share would be too small. It's the littlest things that make the biggest impressions.

Our hearts have been really touched just by the outpouring of love. And like I said before, we have met so many different types of folks who just want to give.

I may not remember everyone's name, but I will remember your face—and your heart—for a long time to come. Thank you for sharing a part of yourself.

When someone would leave the church I attended when I lived overseas, we would always sing a song. The lyrics say:

"Thank you for giving to the Lord.

I am a life that was changed.

Thank you for giving to the Lord.

I am so glad you gave!"

So thank you all. You have truly touched and changed our lives.

—Crystal Spence, JCWP 2005 homeowner in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Editor's note: Crystal, her husband Darek, and their four children—Erica, 6; Jacob, 4; Zachery, 2; and Abigail, 7 months—will move into their Habitat house, built by Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, this summer. They have been cramped in a small two-bedroom apartment; Crystal and Darek have been sleeping in the living room to give the kids more space. Their new home will give them a fresh start as a family.












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