Nursing students from the New River Community and Technical College Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg participated in the Habitat for Humanity Black Friday Build on Nov. 29. Pictured (l-r) are Johanna Walker, Nikki White, Amanda Delany, Lisa Lafferty, Shay Lafferty (daughter of Lisa) and Valorie Quick.

[Lewisburg, W. Va] Instead of heading to the nearest mall for a frenzy of holiday shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, a group of students in the New River Community and Technical College School of Practical Nursing spent the day braving bitter cold to helping a deserving family build their new home.

The students from New River's Greenbrier Valley Campus in Lewisburg, W. Va., spent the day painting doors, hanging kitchen cabinets and cutting boards for window sills at the Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity worksite in White Sulphur Springs.

The student volunteers were Nikki White, Johanna Walker Amanda Delany, Lisa Lafferty, Shay Lafferty (daughter of Lisa) and Valorie Quick.

"Money is tight as far as nursing students go, so we thought this was the best way to contribute," White commented to a WOAY reporter covering the event.

The students took part in the Second Annual Almost Heaven Habitat Black Friday Build Day. They worked with other volunteers, including students from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, to complete interior construction of the fifth house of the Summer Elms Subdivision on Tuckahoe Road.

"It was very gratifying," Johanna Walker told WOAY. "It's really nice to know that we are helping someone in need."

Another contingent of volunteers from the nursing program is scheduled to work at the site on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and making simple, decent, affordable, shelter a matter of conscience and action. Established in 1976, Habitat has since then built or repaired more than 400,000 houses worldwide.

Volunteers work with future homeowners to build or renovate houses that are then sold to partner families at no profit, with no interest charged on the mortgage. The money from the sale of each house goes into a revolving Fund for Humanity to support future building projects.



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