Sgt. 1st Class Luis Saavedra
10th Sustainment Brigade PAO
Several Soldiers assigned to 10th Sustainment Brigade volunteered to help the Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family in need June 1 in Watertown, alongside Family Members and friends of the community.
Soldiers arrived at the site ready to work. Some brought a Family Member or a friend to assist.
The foundation of the home was already set. Soldiers focused on standing up walls and working on trusses for the roof.
“The Thousand Islands Warrant Officer Association volunteers every quarter, and this time we are assisting Habitat for Humanity to help Families in need,” said Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ernie Ixtlahuac, 10th Sustainment Brigade property book officer and association president.
Ixtlahuac said the turnout of Soldiers, Family Members, friends and community leaders was great. He said he appreciates that people took time during a beautiful Saturday morning to give a little back to the community.
It was a busy day as the group was split up to form teams of approximately six people to tackle various tasks. Some cut wood, others nailed down anchors, but everybody was part of building not just a house, but a home.
Walter Plumley, president of the Thousand Islands Area Habitat for Humanity, took time to thank everyone who volunteered or contributed in any way.
Some community leaders attended the ceremony and also thanked everybody at the site.
“Thank you for helping build a better community,” said Watertown Mayor Jeffrey Graham.
The family who will receive the home was present and took part in a ground-breaking. The children smiled as they shoveled some dirt during the ceremony.
At the end of the day, the volunteers had made a difference.
“It felt good to give up some time for a great cause,” Ixtlahuac said. “Seeing a smile on the kids’ faces was all worth it.”