CAPE CORAL, Fla. -- Many people are happy to be home for the holidays, but a Cape Coral family is happy to have a home! It's all thanks to Habitat for Humanity.
Three year old Antonia is spending her first Christmas inside, and outside, of her brand new home. And her family couldn't be happier. "Words cant even describe how excited we are! we're just overwhelmed with job," said Angela Perkins Florence.
"It's just lovely to be in your own home for Christmas! I thank the Lord that it happened," said Willie Florence.
Willie and Angela lived in a small apartment for five years, and one day decided to take a chance to sign up with Habitat for Humanity. They started the process in March, and in November, got a call that a house off Northeast 5th Court was ready.
But the home wasn't a free handout. The family had to take special classes, and volunteer hundreds of hours of time. Angela answered phones and did office chores for Habitat. Willie performed 250 hours of physical labor. "I went on the trucks with them, that people donated to habitat," he explained.
Habitat for Humanity also requires that a qualified family meets certain financial thresholds. Families also have to make a monthly mortgage payment set below 30 percent of their income.
Now, Willie, Angela and Antonia have been here for three weeks, and are already making big plans to have many more Christmases inside this house they can finally call their home.
For more information about Habitat, visit www.habitat4humanity.org.