Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia is hosting a celebration Saturday at The Mill on Etowah to help raise funds to build a house in Woodstock for a woman who is raising her two grandsons.
“Habitat for Humanity NCG: Celebrating Community” will run from 2 pm to 9 pm and will feature live music, food and drink, vendors and a cake walk. The event is free and all proceeds from the event will go towards building a house for Alfrieda Smith, who is a bus driver for schools in the town of Marietta.
“The event will also feature fun for the kids, including pony rides, face painting, balloon artists and storytelling,” said Cheryl Mosley, Habitat for Humanity coordinator NCG. “There will also be raffle prizes including jewelry and gift cards. It will be a fun event for a great cause.
Smith lost her daughter in a car crash in 2016 and has raised two grandsons since. A grandson, Jaiden, 5, was born with hydrocephalus, is legally blind and suffers from seizure disorders. The family is currently renting an apartment in the basement and has mold issues. The apartment is not wheelchair accessible, making it difficult for Jaiden to get in and out. Jaiden has a younger brother, Justice, 4 years old.
Mosley said he raised nearly $ 80,000 through various fundraisers and sponsors with the goal of reaching $ 90,000.
The majority of the house will be built by women who volunteer as part of Habitat’s women’s building initiative. This initiative offers an opportunity for empowerment, development and expansion of women’s skills across the community.
This will be the second home built by the NCG Habitat for Humanity Women’s Building Initiative. The first house was built in September 2020 in Marietta.
Construction is scheduled to begin in June. Fundraising efforts for this house are coordinated by Mosley, Jada Shaw and Jean Coddington with Habitat for Humanity NCG.
Mosley said there were still volunteer spots open for Saturday’s activities at 225 Reformation Parkway. For more information, contact [email protected].