ABC13 volunteers, others 'make a difference' for families in Hampton Roads

People from ABC13 take part in the nationwide "Make a Difference Day."

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- Volunteers from ABC13 and others helped Habitat For Humanity of South Hampton Roads with a building project in Lake Kennedy Saturday as part of Make a Difference Day.

The nationwide campaign sponsored by USA Today and ABC13's parent company, TEGNA, encourages people to spend a day in service to their respective communities.

There were about 70 volunteers in Lake Kennedy who helped frame some of the homes that will be part of the development.

"It's a big deal," said ABC13 President and General Manager Kari Jacobs.

Habitat for Humanity requires new homeowners to put in 250 hours of sweat equity.

Malika Traynham is one of those homeowners.

"It is awesome. It is empowering that I did work on my own home," Traynham told 13News Now. "I'm really proud of my accomplishment, and I get to live in it."

Habitat For Humanity of South Hampton Roads plans to build nine houses in Lake Kennedy by June. There will be a blitz build that month to wrap up the project.


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