Habitat for Humanity helps build home in Beverly, New Jersey

Sari Soffer (’10)/Eastside News/Features Editor

Students who shivered by the heaters today in class seem like fussy complainers compared to those who went on the Habitat for Humanity day-build today in Beverly, NJ.

Six Habitat club members woke up this morning, left school at 8:15 and went to dry wall an un-built house for the less fortunate.

“For example … we had to measure the wall. We measure it out on the board … then you cut the dry wall and put it against the wall and then you nailed it in. And [we] did the ceilings and walls [this way],” said first-year Habitat member Anna Johnson (’10).

Stopping only to grab a slice of pizza for lunch, the six workers hammered and nailed until about 1:30.

“It was freezing! … At first I was like, ‘I should’ve just gone to school’ … but I’m glad I did it. It was fun,” Johnson said.

One cannot blame Johnson for feeling regretful at first in the 32-degree weather this morning, but must commend her and the rest of the working gang for their bittersweet attempts to help the poor in the bitter cold midst of winter.