Doers getting things done for Habitat

Published 10:33 pm Friday, August 26, 2011

In just about everything in life there are “doers” and “wishers.”

You all probably know several dozens of people who fit into each category.

The wishers see an opportunity or a need and “wish they could do something.”

Email newsletter signup

The doers see that same opportunity and wrap their hands around it.

The Singles and Couples Class at Demopolis First United Methodist Church are doers.

Last weekend this newspaper published a front page article about the local habitat for Humanity Chapter and its struggles in raising funds.

Funding had hit such a level that a work stoppage was imminent.

The Sunday School Class read that story and wrapped both hands around that message. The message? Help!

One of the members of that class dropped off a check for $500 for the local Habitat need Monday before lunch.

In less than 24 hours, the group of volunteers went from running out of funds to having a few rays of hope.

That $500 will go a long way toward helping bring construction to a close but it falls well short of the total need.

The house is located on Fulton Street between North Strawberry and Cedar streets.

Volunteers, donations, and home sites are stilled needed as the board begins preparation for subsequent houses.

Contributions can be mailed to Demopolis Area Habitat for Humanity, Inc., P.O. Box 1203, Demopolis, AL 36732 or call 334-289-1177 or 334-287-0595. You can also visit them on Facebook at the Demopolis Area Habitat for Humanity page.

My hope is that more people like the Sunday School Class at the Methodist Church will take on this challenge.

Reaching into your pocket these days is difficult. We all can understand that. But, the Habitat group needs all the $3, $5 or whatever-you-can-spare donations that it can get.

A bunch of those can quickly total $500.

I think the Methodist Church has thrown down the gauntlet. A challenge between the Baptist, Presbyterian and Catholic churches, the churches of Christ and others may be in order.

We know there is a need. You can drive by Fulton Street and see it.

Jason Cannon is the publisher of The Demopolis Times.