Liberty students cut spring break short for community service

Liberty students partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a local family. (Photo: Whitney Burney)

LYNCHBURG, Va., (WSET)--- Several Liberty University students skipped the end of their spring break to help a family in need.

Liberty University teamed up with Lynchburg Habitat for Humanity for their latest build.

"This is actually our second build with greater Lynchburg Habitat Humanity," said Alison Pettit. Pettit is a professor at LU. She helps to coordinate the student group who volunteers at the habitat house.

"We have raised $50,000 for this house and secured an HVAC system and a roof from local vendors," Pettit added.

More than 70 students are pitching in during the build process. Just last week, more than a dozen students cut their spring break short and went to the habitat "blitz build".

"When I showed up and I saw so many of my students from northern VA had come back, it made me so excited and so proud," said Pettit.

"People have their hearts in this 110% and if that doesn't show you I don't know what does," said Chris Sanzaro who has been working on the house for the past week.

"It's easy to lose sight of what you're doing it for... but this helps real people," added Sanzaro.

The habitat house is scheduled to be finished in May.

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