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Habitat For Humanity Day of Service

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One local organization decided to remember September 11 not as a day of defeat but instead as a day of service.

"Just looking back on what our nation has faced in the last decade, us being able to stop what we're doing to serve someone else in our community is just a beautiful way to honor those who lost their lives that day," Habitat for Humanity Volunteer and Family Services Manager said.

Hattiesburg's Habitat for Humanity united in service today in the same remarkable way that so many came together on this day 12 years ago.

The organization is building a house for Cynthia Stevens, a volunteer who lost her home in the February tornado.

"It's really great to help somebody else out that doesn't have as much as I do, volunteer Alexis McCaskill said. 

"She's been so patient," Nunez said.  "She's a full-time worker and she's supporting three kids of her own."

Community volunteers and students from the Mary Bethune Alternative School spent the day painting and doing yard work.

Other organizations are scheduled to help with the project later this week, and Habitat hopes to have the house finished by Christmas.

McCaskill said it means a lot for her to be able to serve on the anniversary of 9-11...

"They can't be replaced, the loved ones they lost, so it feels good to be able to give back instead of sit around and do nothing," she said.

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