(SAN DIEGO) — This week, women are turning their girls’ nights out into chances to help families in need by building them homes.
Good Morning America correspondent Abbie Boudreau recently joined more than 100 women in San Diego to kick off a 10-city “Girls’ Night Out” tour in which women grabbed hammers and tools to build homes for those in need.
The tour is part of National Women Build Week, a partnership between Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s, a GMA sponsor.
“It’s a special night because you have women who are empowered to build,” said Lori Pfeiler, the president of San Diego Habitat for Humanity.
The San Diego “Girls’ Night Out” event saw the women start a frame for a two-story home for a local veteran and learn construction lessons like what size hammer to use and how to get the perfect cut when sawing.
For Brittney Anthony, a single mom of four boys, living in a cramped three-bedroom apartment in Indianapolis led her to dream of owning her own home with more space.
Anthony is now watching her dream turn into a reality thanks to Habitat for Humanity, which is building Anthony a five-bedroom home with a yard for her boys to play in.
“I’m just filled with so much joy,” said Anthony, one of 1,000 families that will receive a Habitat for Humanity home this year.
Anthony’s home began to take shape with the help of 60 volunteers giving four hours of their time.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Anthony said of the effort. “It just means the world to me and my boys and to support this dream of mine.”
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