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Habitat works Christmas miracle for family

Emil Whitis • Dec 24, 2012 at 3:52 PM

It’s been dubbed “a Christmas Miracle.”

The foundation was poured in late October, and the group finished painting on Dec. 8.


“We wanted them to be able to move in before Christmas,” Firelands Habitat for Humanity Executive director Mike McCall said. “I think that’s faster than we’ve ever built a house."


First-time homeowners Alex Fearing, 26, and his fiancée Amanda Trushel, 27, along with their two daughters Ardielee, 7, and Lilly, 4, finished moving from their cramped apartment Sunday with a full day to spare before the holiday.


To get a Habitat home candidates are required to put in 500 hours of “sweat time” — they’re required to give before they get.


“(Fearing and Trushel) worked hard all summer on other people’s houses,” McCall said. “They were very dedicated to getting a house as quickly as possible."


McCall said it was the couple’s work ethic left an impression. He said it normally takes recipients anywhere from 18 months to two years to amass their 500 hours. Fearing and Trushel got it done in just seven months.


Read more about the work that went into the family's new house in today's Register or e-paper.

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