Blitz Build draws volunteers from Blaine, Birch Bay and county

Published on Thu, Jun 26, 2003
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Blitz Build draws volunteers from Blaine, Birch Bay and county

The building at 940 Cedar Street is up and on its way to becoming a home. More than 50 volunteers from Blaine, Birch Bay, Whatcom County and B.C. worked together last weekend to build Blaine�s first Habitat for Humanity home. The volunteers had a combined time of 752 hours.

The lot was dedicated two weeks ago, and work began shortly after on the three-bedroom, 1,048 square-foot home that is scheduled to be completed early October.

Habitat for Humanity chose Mark and Debbie Heinzer, and their three children, as the recipients of the home. The Heinzers were working side-by-side with the volunteers last week, as they are required through Habitat to perform 500 hours of service on their home. Blaine city council, in an effort to further assist the project, waived certain building fees at Monday evening�s meeting - those fees will be paid for through the city�s general fund.

Volunteers are continually needed for the project and the next building day is slated for Saturday, June 28 starting at 8:30 a.m. Jobs will include working on porches, hanging doors, taping the furnace room drywall, and finishing up trim work. Interested persons should contact Blake Kent at 715-9170 or visit online at

This was the fifteenth Habitat for Humanity home in Whatcom County, and the group is currently seeking another Blaine location. �We�re looking for another lot to be donated in Blaine,� said Terry Mattson, director of the county chapter. �The mayor said he wants to keep Habitat for Humanity in Blaine.�

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