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While some may take the day off, Lubbock Habitat for Humanity will be working on Martin Luther King Day. The nonprofit organization is requesting Lubbock residents to assist them in building affordable housing for those in need.

Lubbock Habitat Executive Director Christy Reeves tells KAMC News that the best way to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is to give back to the East Lubbock community.

Habitat for Humanity will be hard at work on Monday, Jan. 18, working in the Talkington Addition construction site at 4040 North Guava. Habitat for Humanity, with funding from the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation, began working on the addition of 22 new homes back in March of 2016.

The Lubbock Avalanche Journal reported that the Talkington addition would cost about $1.7 million dollars and would be built with the support of volunteers and Lubbock Habitat for Humanity. All homes from the organization are meant to benefit low to moderate income families.

The organization says other local organizations have already offered their help, such as members of the Texas Tech Red Raider Football Team, members of the Lubbock Christian University student senate, and other employees from local companies.

Habitat for Humanity will be working at the Talkington site on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Christy Reeves at creeves@lubbockhabitat.org or call 763-4663. Volunteers must be at least 18-years-old and wear close-toed shoes at the construction site. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided to all volunteers.

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