UPDATE: 10/4/13 11:24 a.m.
It's a long-standing tradition with no signs of slowing down and the dream of a lifetime came true for one local family.
"Best thing that ever happened to us,” says Sam Dotson of Parkersburg. “We've been waiting a long time for this. We're really excited about it."
Wood County Habitat for Humanity is raising the walls on their 68th house.
"That's gonna be the house of Sam and Melissa Dotson and we have made this our Pastor's Build Day; says Executive Director Alvin Phillips. "We've invited pastors to come out to help us build.”
The Dotsons endured a long struggle to get to this point.
"We've paid so much money in rent in the past we could've already paid for this house and our house payment's actually going to be less than what we're paying for rent right now,” Sam Dotson says.
Every new home going up is a great day.
"It's always exciting to do that – we're thrilled, just like we were a couple of weeks ago when the last family got into their home,” Phillips says.
The family of six couldn't be happier to see such progress.
"They're really excited to see the walls going up and so it's just a wonderful blessing to get another one started,” Phillips says.
And they want everyone to share in their joy when the time comes.
"I guess just have a housewarming party and invite everybody that's helped put the house together and just be grateful we got it and we're in it,” Sam Dotson says.
The family has about five more months 'til their new house is ready. Sam, Melissa and their four kids can't wait. Talk about a happy new year.
Wednesday they broke ground on their 68th house and Thursday they were putting up walls.
Wood County Habitat for Humanity does what they do best for another family.
For Sam and Melissa Dotson of Parkersburg, their new house means the end of sky high rent payments and the start of a new life.
They couldn't be happier.
"Best thing that ever happened to us," says Sam Dotson. "We've been waiting a long time for this. We're really excited about it."
Sam says the first thing they'll do when it's ready is have a housewarming party and invite everybody that's helped put the house together.