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Both political parties build homes on MLK Day

By Allison Bybee e-mail

INDIANTOWN, FL (WFLX) - Dozens of people come together on this day of service to help a family in need of a roof over their head. Monday is a day to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Luther Junior, but this year many had President-Elect Barack Obama on their minds.

A day of service to honor Dr. King. A day built to withstand both political parties. Democratic Volunteer, Kevin Lucas, says, "Our new president ran on a platform of including everyone and I think it's a great way for everyone to work together in lock step."

Republicans and Democrats spent, a typical day off, raking and lifting. 75 volunteers, from all walks of life, pieced together three Habitat for Humanity homes. The Chair of the Republican Party in Martin County says, "It's not just a hand out, it's a hand up as I think Doctor King said."

All of the work is for Reginald Perkins. Perkins says, "I've been in Indiantown all my life. 49 years." He's never owned his own home. Now, his family of 6 gets a place built with love.

With a little help from strangers, with an array of political beliefs, on the day before history is made: strength, hope and faith remain in Martin County. No matter what you believe. Lucas says, "It's a way to give back. To help people that are less fortunate then myself."

The homes are not complete. Volunteers will be out every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday through May to finish the homes.

They are all being built in the Booker Park neighborhood of Indiantown. Most of the homes in that neighborhood are all built by Habitat for Humanity.

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