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Helping hands, helping others

October 24, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Eileen Beck stood on a bucket Saturday morning, reached up and stuffed yellow insulation into a wall of a Boonsboro duplex under construction by Habitat for Humanity of Washington County.

Beck said it was the first time she's ever done such a thing.

"You couldn't tell?" she said jokingly, as she referenced the insulation she had squeezed in just a tad uneven.

"You just pack it in the best you can," Beck said.

Moments later, Beck, who is a Habitat board member, got back to work and began cutting another strip of insulation to place in the wall.

In the same room, three Boonsboro High School students also had a hand at insulating the duplex.

"Ow, my hair," said Laura Printz, an junior at the high school, as she pulled off a mask that had been covering her mouth and nose.

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"This is a dangerous job," she said, in jest.

Printz was joined by Michelle Birky, a sophomore, and Carly Wade, a junior.

Beck and the students were some of about 25 people who volunteered to work on the duplex as part of national Make a Difference Day, an event created by USA WEEKEND Magazine.

The duplex is on an alley off St. Paul Street.

Make a Difference Day is dubbed by the magazine as "the national day of doing good," and is intended to be a day of neighbors helping neighbors, for whatever the cause.

Heather B's in Boonsboro donated lunches for the volunteers.

Laura, Michelle and Carly said they were asked to participate in Saturday's event because of the leadership roles they play in school.

Sherry Brown Cooper, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Washington County, said on Saturday that many of the day's volunteers were Habitat board members.

Cooper said Habitat hopes the families are in the homes by Christmas.

"They are some of the wonderful people who strive to make life better in Washington County," Cooper said in a written statement. "Today, these Habitat board members are giving that extra push on Make a Difference Day and helping to build these two houses for families in need of affordable housing."

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