While most federal, state and county workers had the day off for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, some Pinellas County employees were hard at work -- not at their normal jobs, but working to landscape a Habitat for Humanity home in Clearwater.
Rebecca Burgess, her husband, five children and her 97-year old Grandmother, Mary Simmons will move into the home on Saturday. She says she is overwhelmed by everyone's kindness.
"It's just, I don't know it's just awesome to see all of these people taking their time off work and a holiday at that," Burgess said.
Simmons sat in a wheelchair in front of the home. She can't see very well and her hearing is bad, but she can tell there are dozens of people making her family's dreams become a reality.
"Boy, it's just something amazing." Simmons said. "I've never seen so many people work together."
Jane Murhlin is with the county's community development department and was laying sod early Monday morning. She says she would describe the service project as rewarding.
"I think rewarding is a really good word," Murhlin said. "I think everybody feels rewarded to be able to come out and do this. As you said, it is a day off for a lot of people but we chose to come out here because we care about our community and we like to help each other."
The house is scheduled to be dedicated on Saturday. Afterwards, the Burgess family will move in.
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