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Habitat For Humanities Build-A-Thon

(KHNL) - Some Marriott employees helped to make one family's dream come true.

About 30 people worked with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for the Mitchell family on Oahu's Leeward Coast.

"It's just the feeling that I got when the chance came up to come and help," said Janet Ledo, volunteer.

These volunteers are trading in part of their weekend to lend a helping hand.

"It's really nice to be able to come to the Leeward Coast and help out a family in an area where we see so much homelessness," said Chad Jensen, Ko Olina Beach Club General Manager.

It's all part of Habitat for Humanity's one-day Build-A-Thon. Marriott employees volunteered their time to complete the carpentry and to paint a house in Waianae.

"I'm just grateful that Habitat was able to pull us on board and help us to make this dream a reality so I'm sure she's gonna be absolutely happy," said Naomi Mitchell, the homeowner's daughter.

Habitat for Humanity says they're not giving the Mitchell family a handout, they're giving them a hand up.

"And we want to get these families into decent homes and many of them don't have the homes and many of them are living in homestead or very dilapidated or substandard," said Damien Kaaihue, Leeward Habitat for Humanity.

That's what makes the volunteers happy to help. They enjoy giving something back to the community, while turning one family's dream into a reality. And the Mitchell's are just as grateful.

"From the bottom of our hearts, from our ohana, we just thank them all," said Mitchell.

This is Habitat for Humanity's third annual Build-A-Thon.

Volunteers helped with homes across the state.

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