Danville Habitat needs help to finish Patriot Day house

Danville Habitat needs help to finish Patriot Day house

DANVILLE — Habitat for Humanity of Danville is reaching out to the local community and beyond to finish funding its Patriot Day house build.

The organization already raised about $40,000 for the three-bedroom, ranch-style house at 1109 N. Robinson St. that's being built for Kimberly Bryant and her two sons, Spurgeon and Trenton Barber.

"We came up about $15,000 short," board President Erich Hannah said. "The goal is to raise the rest of the money and get her in there early this summer."

Habitat volunteers — with the help of scores of local police, firefighters, ambulance and military personnel, students and other community members — built the shell of the house on Patriot Day and the National Day of Service and Remembrance to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The home's exterior is completed. Volunteers must still install wiring, plumbing, drywall, ceilings, flooring and cabinets.

"There's some work we can still do. But it's slowed down until we can raise some more money," Hannah said.

The house build is the local chapter's 50th project in the Danville area. Officials had hoped to fund it with $1,000 donations from 50 sponsors.

Now they are seeking donations of any amount, Hannah said. He said officials are reaching out to local businesses, churches and service organizations.

They also are trying to reach potential donors outside of Vermilion County through Indigogo.com, an international "crowdfunding" website, which provides a place for anyone to raise money for charity, business, arts and entertainment, and more. The webpage for the project can be found at http://bit.ly/141j8zL.

"We learned about it when we went to our Illinois conference and thought we would give it a try," Hannah said, adding the group's web page includes a video on the blitz build, information about Habitat and the project and a link to the local chapter's website, where people can make a donation.

"You can put your need out there, and people worldwide who are looking to invest or donate money can find projects they might want to support."