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Rock Hill family gets new home in time for Christmas

Donna Hamilton and her 9-year-old son, Devarius, look at the kitchen in their new Habitat for Humanity home on Soft Winds Village Drive in Rock Hill on Monday. Volunteers started building the home two months ago.
Donna Hamilton and her 9-year-old son, Devarius, look at the kitchen in their new Habitat for Humanity home on Soft Winds Village Drive in Rock Hill on Monday. Volunteers started building the home two months ago.

Donna Hamilton can tick off a list of problems at her old house, from a kitchen sink that clogged too often to doors and windows that let cold air seep in at night.

But Hamilton's 9-year-old son, Dee, has his own take on what was wrong.

"It didn't have that much back yard," Dee said, explaining that he and his older brother need more space to "explore stuff."

At their new home off Ogden Road near Rock Hill, the Hamiltons, with Donna's boyfriend, Tony Rogers, will have a huge backyard, a never-before-used kitchen sink and plenty more.

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity started building the home two months ago, hoping to get the family moved in by Christmas. They'll make it by two days.

"We were lucky to be done in time," said Wes Martin, a volunteer construction coordinator.

Construction on Habitat homes normally takes three months, but volunteers from Wells Fargo, along with churches and other groups, rushed the process with the holidays in mind.

The Hamiltons will celebrate Christmas in a far better place than their old one-bedroom rental house off Cherry Road, where the pipes froze in cold weather and the heater wasn't strong enough to stave off the winter chill.

"It wasn't a really good living condition. Even with the heat on, it was still cold," said Donna Hamilton, who works for an insurance company in Fort Mill.

On Thursday morning, Hamilton and Rogers say they plan to put some Christmas presents under the tree for Donna's two boys, Dee and Tee, 13. But the biggest gift already has arrived.

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