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GI Area Habitat for Humanity does prep work for next Blitz Build

Updated: Jun. 1, 2021 at 5:50 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Area Habitat for Humanity spent Tuesday getting started on their next project. It’s their sixth Blitz Build and it’s happening with a lot of help from the community.

The Blitz project doesn’t actually start until next week, but they used Tuesday to get some of prep work beforehand.

Truss Craft workers built trusses and wall panels for the house. Instead of volunteers doing it the construction on-site like they usually do, the work got done at the manufacturers.

Habitat for Humanity Director Dana Jelinek told Local4 News it’s been a difficult year for them with the pandemic and rise in product costs and they now are just thankful to be able to get to back to work.

“We are just very grateful that with everything going on and with lumber prices the way they are that we could even put together a team this year,” Jelinek said.

The organization was shut down for a while in 2020 and when they came back, Jelinek said it wasn’t the same.

“We weren’t even allowed to have groups,” Jelinek said. “In the course of 2020, we only had four groups all year. Usually we have one or two volunteer groups every week for the whole year.”

She said they did still accomplish all their goals with the help of their building committee.

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