Pontotoc family gets a Habitat home

BY SHEENA BARNETT

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PONTOTOC – The McDonald family has a new home sweet home, courtesy of Habitat for Humanity.

The Pontotoc County chapter of Habitat gave Teresa and Jeremy McDonald keys to their new home on Sunday afternoon in a short dedication ceremony.

“It means a lot to me and my family to say, this is mine,” Jeremy McDonald said at the ceremony.

Friends, family and Habitat volunteers attended the ceremony in the couple’s new living room area. The three-bedroom, 1,050-square foot house took about a year to build, said Barbara Carter, executive director of Habitat’s Pontotoc chapter.

“We’ve worked with this family for about a year, and this is the big day,” she said. “They’ve worked hard and we’ve worked hard.”

After the ceremony, Jeremy McDonald said his family’s new home is “like a dream come true.”

“It’s been a long trip to get here, but we got it done,” he said. “If it wasn’t for Habitat, we wouldn’t have this opportunity.”

The couple’s children, Gracie, 4, Tucker, 2, and Asalynn, 18 months, all played together during the ceremony, roaming from room to room to check out their new home. The newest addition to the family, 3-week-old Piper, slept through the ceremony.

“My kids are ready to move in,” Jeremy said, and the family had plans to start loading in furniture that day.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit Christian housing ministry, according to its Web site, habitat.org. The organization builds homes for families in need and helps finance the home. The families who receive the houses also help build them.

Pontotoc’s Habitat for Humanity is in its 17th year of operation, and the McDonald family home was the 32nd home built by the organization.