Habitat for Humanity North Central Georgia is hosting a celebration Saturday at The Mill on Etowah to help raise funds to build a home in Woodstock for a woman who is raising her two grandsons.

“Habitat for Humanity NCG: Celebrating Community,” will run from 2 to 9 p.m. and will feature live music, food and drinks, vendors, and a cake walk. The event is free admission and all proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of a home for Alfrieda Smith, who is a Marietta City Schools bus driver.

“The event will also feature fun for the kids including pony rides, face painting, balloon artists, and storytelling,” said Cheryl Mosley, coordinator at Habitat for Humanity NCG. “There will also be raffle prizes including jewelry, and gift cards. It will be a fun event for a great cause.”

Smith lost her daughter in a car accident in 2016 and has raised her two grandsons since. One grandson, 5-year-old Jaiden, was born with hydrocephalus, is legally blind, and has seizure disorder. The family currently rents a basement apartment and has issues with mold. The apartment is not wheelchair accessible, making it difficult for Jaiden to get in and out. Jaiden has a younger brother, 4-year-old Justice.

Mosley said they have raised close to $80,000 through various fundraisers and sponsors with a goal of reaching $90,000.

The majority of the home will be built by women who volunteer as part of Habitat’s women’s build initiative. This initiative provides an opportunity to empower, develop, and expand the skills of women across the community.

This will be the second house built by the Habitat for Humanity NCG women’s build initiative. The first home was built in September 2020 in Marietta.

Construction is expected to start in June. The fundraising efforts for this home are coordinated by Mosley, Jada Shaw, and Jean Coddington with Habitat for Humanity NCG.

Mosley said there are still volunteer spots open for Saturday’s activities at 225 Reformation Parkway. For more information, contact mcbratney52@comcast.net.

For more information on the ongoing fundraiser, visit habitat-ncg.org/volunteer/women-build.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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