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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood just returned from a week building homes at the 35th Annual Habitat for Humanity Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. During that time, 41 homes in the community of Mishawaka, Indiana, went from concrete slabs to being framed and having roofs, windows, and doors.
Garth and Trisha joined President and Mrs. Carter, Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County President and CEO Jim Williams, and David Letterman to swing hammers, operate saws and other power tools, and work alongside future homeowners putting in their own sweat equity.
At the end of the week, President Carter presented house keys and a Bible to each family moving into one of the new homes, including a mother and her children who had worked tirelessly all week.
Garth and Trisha have volunteered with Habitat for more than a decade. They first volunteered with Habitat in New Orleans building post-Hurricane Katrina Habitat homes on the Gulf Coast. They have also participated in two builds in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. They continue to lend their names and support to numerous Habitat events and projects, including the Carter Work Project and National Women Build Week.
Garth describes the experience of working on a Habitat build, saying, “At some point you have to stop and just listen. The hammering of these hundreds and hundreds of hammers and you know what they’re doing, they’re building love, man. And it’s the greatest feeling on the planet.”