Surprise guests stop by last volunteer day at Habitat Home

HOUSTON - Tuesday was the last day for volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity build site in northeast Houston.

The Harlem Globetrotters were one of the guests who stopped by the build site. Cheese and Thunder Law of the Harlem Globetrotters surprised 12-year-old Rickey at his soon-to-be new home.

"He was like, 'Why didn't you tell me?'" joked Kimberly Hudson, Rickey's mom and recipient of the Local 2 Habitat Home. "I said, 'Because then we wouldn't have gotten that expression if I had already told you.'"

The Globetrotters taught the huge basketball fan how to spin a ball on his finger and gave him tickets to their show.

Former Houston Texan turned KPRC sports anchor Chester Pitts also stopped by to swing a hammer.

"It's just called doing the right thing," said Pitts. "And whenever you get the opportunity, you step up and you do it."

By his side were about 30 Pappas Restaurant employees.

"We really believe in not just writing a check," said Christina Pappas, director of marketing for Pappas Restaurant. "We want to come out here; we want to actually help the city of Houston."

Volunteers finished the roof, tore down the support rails and added the outside trim to the home while getting it all done ahead of schedule.

"I know for a fact that the only way that we have completed this house, as far as the volunteer aspect, this fast is purely because of the volunteers," said Corry Bell, volunteer coordinator for Habitat For Humanity.

To illustrate how far ahead of schedule they are, it typically takes about 10 days for volunteers to build up the home. Thanks to KPRC and all of the other supporting sponsors, the home was built in six days.

Next, the home will be turned over to the subcontractors or licensed professionals like electricians and plumbers. They will take about eight weeks to do their jobs.

Then Hudson and her kids will move in and start their new life and new traditions in their new home.

"We have Thanksgiving at someone else's house every year, so now I can host this year," said Hudson.

One of the stipulations to get this home built was that Hudson had to put in 300 hours of sweat equity.

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