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Habitat honors volunteers

Habitat for Humanity met at Italian Delight Friday for the group’s second annual Sandy Mosby Volunteer of the Year and Recognition Ceremony. 

President of the Tri River Habitat for Humanity Mike Koch spoke to members about the accomplishments they have made over the past year. 

During that time, the Town of South Boston honored their request and deeded them a building site on Jefferson Avenue. 

The organization facilitated the sale of two Bank of America repossessed homes with one currently being renovated and also found families for the two homes. 

Members of the organization already have completed up to 85 percent of the construction of house number 13. 

Also, they received a grant of Virginia tax credits, which generated $15,000 in donations. 

 “Within a few months we will place two more Halifax County families in quality homes. God is great,” Koch said.   

He recognized several businesses including McDannald Construction, Chandler Concrete, Satterfield Plumbing, Huber Engineered Woods, Madigan Electric, Walton’s Appliance & Electric, Lowe’s and Boston Lumber for their years of support by providing volunteers and/or materials.  

Faith Community Church, First Presbyterian Church, The Worship Center, Beth Car Baptist Church, Banister Baptist Association, Carlbrook School, Fairfield Inn and Suites and the Rotary Club also were recognized for their monetary support and volunteer labors. 

B. J. Thornburg was awarded the Sandy Mosby Volunteer of the Year Award for 2013. 

According to Koch, Thornburg has been involved in the construction of nine homes with five being in Halifax County. 

 “It usually takes us about 10 months to complete a home,” said Koch, “You could say it’s like he’s spent seven years of his life helping us build homes.” 

The Sandy Mosby Volunteer Award was created in 2012 to recognize the person who has consistently provided the most noteworthy contributions to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity and the efforts of Tri River Habitat for Humanity in Halifax County.

It was named in honor of Sandy Mosby, the founding father who created the Tri River Habitat for Humanity in Halifax County in the late 1980s. 

Gene Haugh, Bob Mason, Ernest Vass, B. J. Thornburg, John Botelho, Alex Tucker, Scotty Szakacs and Bill Wilkins received certificates of appreciation for their efforts in construction over the past eight months.  

Koch also thanked the board of directors noting that “none of the events we’ve highlighted today could have occurred without the dedicated support of our board.”  

The board of directors includes Bob Hughes, Dorothy Day, Ernest Vass, John Botelho, Michael Watson, Lawrence Wilkerson, Rhonda Green, Robert Bates and Tammy Pool.