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article imageGarth Brooks joins volunteers to help build, repair houses

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 10, 2010 in Lifestyle
Birmingham - Country star Garth Brooks was one of hundreds of volunteers who took part in this year's 27th Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
Habitat for Humanity International are a charitable organisation that aims to put an end to poverty housing and homelessness. Since it was founded in 1976, the charity has built and repaired over 350,000 homes and given affordable shelter to 1.75m people.
Brooks, a loyal supporter of the project, spent his time in Wylam Oaks, Birmingham and also performed for some of the other supporters.
In previous years, Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood have worked for Habitat on the Gulf Coast and in Los Angeles.
During the week volunteers worked on building and repairing 86 homes in Baltimore, Washington D.C, Minneapolis and Birmingham, Alabama.
Volunteers will build ten new homes in the Fairfield and Wylam Oaks subdivisions of Birmingham and another 18 homes are to be repaired.
According to the Country Music Is Love website, Garth Brooks said:
“I really look forward to this."
"One of the biggest misunderstandings about Habitat is that they give away homes for free. They don’t. These people work their butts off.”
While he was there, Brooks offered to do whatever was needed. He is quoted on the Habitat for Humanity website as saying:
“Habitat for Humanity lends a hand, but the hand that takes it is a hard-working hand."
And talking of the work done by volunteers like himself, Garth Brooks said it:
“reminds us of the kind of people we can be. Habitat reminds me I can be something better than I see in the mirror.”
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