Grrrowl Help Habitat for Humanity

By Cheryl Allen
Staff Writer
The Greenville News

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Flora Martinez is no carpenter — not by any stretch of the imagination, she said. But that didn’t stop her from wielding a hammer, installing windows and helping to put up walls.

For the native of Guatemala, in fact, the hard work couldn’t have been more fun. Martinez recently was chosen as a recipient for a Habitat for Humanity home.

When she and her 16-year-old daughter, Ilka, first arrived at the building site in Greer, Martinez said she was overwhelmed at the sight of the dozens of volunteers who showed up ready and willing to lend a hand in building her first home.

“I cried that day. It was like a team,” she said. “They were really friendly. It was like a family.”

Among the volunteers was country music star Julie Roberts (pictured), a native of Lancaster. Roberts is one of many artists featured on “CMT Home BLITZ,” a six-episode series that made its debut in late May. CMT has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Lowe’s to build homes for six families across America. Martinez’s home-building story in Greer will air Friday evening on CMT.

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