Two families in Panama City are experiencing the joy of owning their own homes after dedicating years to helping others build houses. Sheena Anderson and April Gaither both were able to help lay the foundation and build their homes from the bottom up, and Saturday they were given the keys.
"It's probably the most exciting part about this whole program." said Cornel Brock with the organization. "When we first break ground, everybody's excited but there's nothing like the finished product and being able to watch somebody's eyes light up when they actually hand them those keys and they really realize that they're actually gonna have a home."
Gaither and Anderson say they're both overwhelmed by the process. The two have each put in at least 300 hours of work on their homes as well as others. Now the two say they're simply overjoyed to be able to walk into a home that is truly their own.
"I knew it was gonna be exciting but it almost made me drop a tear," said Gaither, "because I never thought this day would come."
"You know it's so mixed up with different emotions, you know, exciting, overwhelming, anxious," said Anderson. "I didn't expect all these feelings."