“I’m so happy! It’s tears of joy.”

Jamie Murphy of Orangeburg said she and her 12-year-old son Kamari are grateful to get their new Edisto Habitat for Humanity home on Kings Road.

“I’m excited. It feels good,” she said.

Murphy worked for two years helping to build other homes and her own to get this opportunity.

Her new home was dedicated during a ceremony on Wednesday.

Through tears of joy, Murphy said, “First, I would like to thank God because without the strength he gave me and the volunteers, none of this ... would have been accomplished.”

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She also gave thanks to the home’s sponsor, Gulbrandsen, and all the volunteers.

Gulbrandsen’s Eric Smith handed Murphy the keys and a Bible during the ceremony.

“Congratulations, Ms. Jamie. Good luck with your home and your future,” Smith said.

“I just want to thank everybody. It’s beautiful it came through. And I’m blessed,” Murphy said. “Me and my son are very thankful.”

Volunteer Michael Holinko presented Murphy with a lamp that he made from materials used in the construction of the home. He said that making the lamps for Habitat home recipients has become a tradition for him.

“I hope this brings a warm and loving light to your home,” Holinko said.

Edisto Habitat for Humanity Director Jessica Burgoyne said that this is the organization’s third home of 2019.

“I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank our amazing volunteers. Without you, this absolutely wouldn’t be possible,” Burgoyne said.

She also thanked Gulbrandsen, the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and United Way of the Midlands for their support.

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Contact the writer: chuff@timesanddemocrat.com or 803-533-5543.


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