Bastrop - More than 1,700 homes were destroyed by the Bastrop wildfires, but slowly more families who were burned out are getting a new roof over their heads.
The Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is organizing the local donations and help from volunteers who come from all over the United States.
So far, 65 homes have been built, the most recent two dedicated over the weekend.
Volunteer laborers are with the Mennonite Disaster Services, Christian Aid Ministries and the Nomads.
Their free work, and local donations of materials make it possible to build the equivalent of a $125,000 home for about $40,000.
Bastrop Recovery president Christine Files says, "We've had donated cabinets, donated vanities, other donated materials that can reduce that cost."
Residents qualify if they are low income and were under-insured or uninsured when they lost their home.
Michelle Sanchez and her daughter are in a new home. She says, "The day they told us they would do our home our daughter came out grinning from ear to ear. That was my world right there."
The Mennonites, for example, come from all over the country.
Their organizer, Vernon Miller, says, "They leave a good job at home, stay for a week or more, work for free for people they've never met. They've got Jesus in their heart, that's why they come."
The Mennonites leave this week but promise to come back in the fall if locals can raise the money needed to buy materials for more homes.
You can make donations by contacting www.bcltrt.org .
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