Endorsing happily ever afters

Published 12:56 pm Tuesday, October 2, 2018

It was a gratifying thing to see the community turn out in support of the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity (FAHFH) on Saturday, Sept. 22, during the organization’s signature fundraiser, a pig roast.

As it highlights at the conclusion of its home builds and on its website, FAHFH exists for the purpose of “seeking to put God’s love into action.” Elaborating further, it states, “Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.”

It is exciting to see the Heart of Virginia’s open endorsement of this purpose, and it is exciting to see the organization fulfilling this purpose through helping provide safe, decent and affordable housing in Prince Edward, Buckingham, Cumberland and Charlotte counties.

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According to FAHFH Community Outreach Director Sam Rabon, the group’s second annual pig roast drew around 70 people. The gathering included a who’s who of people in the community.

The community’s investment in the area Habitat for Humanity group was also on display beyond just the turnout.

Audrey Sullivan, founder of Red Door 104, used her painting skills across six different full-size doors to tell the classic story, “The Three Little Pigs” — but with a Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity twist. The doors were on display at the pig roast.

Below the text simply advancing the story, each door included some detailed text conveying information about what the area Habitat organization does and has done.

In this space, we’ll include the simple narrative text because it succinctly celebrates and details what FAHFH is all about:

The first door read, “Once upon a time…”

“There were three little pigs,” the second door continued. “The first pig built his house out of straw … not because it was the best choice but simply all he could afford.”

The third door read, “The second pig built his house out of sticks. This house was nicer than the straw house, but the monthly expense was high.”

“The third pig decided to talk with the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity and apply to become a partner family,” the fourth door read.

“So the whole community came together to help the pig build a brighter future,” the fifth door read. “Some swung hammers. Some brought lunch. And a house became a home.”

The sixth door features the FAHFH logo, noting the group is “Opening Doors of Opportunity.” Below the words “Donate,” “Volunteer” and “Advocate,” is written, “Help a family build their own happily ever after…”

We commend the FAHFH and the community for coming together to do that.