Habitat house more than a home

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A new Habitat for Humanity house is more than a new home for Christmas, it's a memorial to a woman who loved the program.

Danetta Lumpkins and her two teenaged childred took ownership of the house in Mt. Auburn Sunday.

It took four months and 5,000 individual donations to get the house built, but the project did more than help the Lumpkins, it was also a way for another family to honor their daughter who volunteered with Habitat.

Michelle Moses died last year in a car accident and her parents wanted to get this house finished in her honor.  Moses was active in volunteering and helped rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina, so her friends and family thought coordinating a home build for a family in Cincinnati would be a fitting tribute.

"Her parents are the most loving people I've ever met in my life. I think it is just tremendous this house will be a memorial to their daughter and they've been coming out here as well. It has been good for them," Lumpkins said.

The Lumpkins also took part in the construction, and then bought the home with a 0%, 20-year, interest-free mortgage.

"My family has waited a long time for this chance to buy our own home and this was a chance that we didn't think would ever be possible or attainable," said Lumpkins.  "Just to be able to afford a home is a blessing and this opportunity through Habitat for Humanity is a once in a lifetime experience for us."

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