FORT MYERS, Fla.- A Fort Myers mother and daughter have a new place to call home this Valentine's Day.
Cayla McCune says this opportunity has changed her life. It's all thanks to the hard work of volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, and the family themselves.
Cayla McCune walked into the house, she now calls home. "This changes my whole life," she said. She recieved gifts: an American flag, Bible, a doorknocker, and finally the key to her first official day of homeownership.
"Being a single mother I don't have much help other then family and friends habitat helped me out tremendously," she said.
Bank of America gave this home to Habitat for Humanity as part of a 3 year partnership to donate 2,000 homes. Volunteers worked for three months to fix up this one, just in time for McCune and her six year old daughter to move in.
"I'm excited. I'm happy. I'm grateful," said McCune.
Habitat for Humanity president Kitty Green tells WINK News this single mom is by no means getting a free handout. "She has gone through many classes and many hours of volunteer work and time, saving up money," Green said.
"It's the start of a new life for McCune and her daughter who wants to decorate her new bedroom with tinker bell. "This is more than I could ever ask for. Who gets to say they get a house on Valentines Day?"
There are 45 other people approved and working their way towards getting new homes. Habitat says their goal this year is getting 55 families in homes.
They're also in need of volunteers, as they build and refurbish more than 50 homes in the area.