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Volunteers break ground

The repeating thuds of hammers echoed throughout a Gastonia neighborhood as more than a dozen hard hat-clad volunteers spent Saturday building a new Habitat for Humanity home.

Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County is a nonprofit group which partners with volunteer community members to build or renovate homes alongside homeowners to help them pay an affordable mortgage. The homeowners must also pitch in by volunteering on their own home’s project and/or at other Habitat build sites.

Located on Bermuda Avenue, volunteers began construction on the three-room home by framing the exterior walls.

“It’s helping somebody out and giving back,” said volunteer Bubba Kennon, of Mount Holly, who has been building the homes for about four years.

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