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Local Heroes Come Out for AutoZone, Habitat Heroes Build Day

Local Heroes Come Out for AutoZone, Habitat Heroes Build Day

Memphis, Tenn. Sept. 29, 2015 - Roughly 70 volunteers from AutoZone, the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, the Tennessee Air National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis bright and early Friday morning, Sept. 18 for the 2015 Heroes Build. The hard-working volunteers stayed busy working on three homes and doing tasks like putting up house wrap and “blue board” to insulate the homes and installing windows and doors over the four-hour build shift.

Memphis Habitat first launched Heroes Build Day in 2013 as a way to observe Patriot Day, the annual National Day of Service and Remembrance, and honor those lost due to the Sept. 11 attacks. This year’s event was delayed until Sept. 18 due to muddy build site conditions, but that didn’t damper the group’s enthusiasm to get to work! 

The morning began with a short program, featuring opening words from Steve Herrington, Habitat Homeowner Services Manager; the singing of the National Anthem by Ephie Ballard-Johnson from Neighborhood Christian Center; comments from Hannah Zachary, AutoZone’s Manager of Community Relations, Customer Satisfaction, and Bill Graves, Senior Vice President of Supply Chain and International, Customer Satisfaction; a presentation of donations to St. Sebastian Veteran Services; and keynote remarks from Amy Weirich, Shelby County District Attorney General. 

“What better group to be working with today than the men and women of our country who believe in action rather than just words,” said Herrington. “Thank you for being people of action, the kind of folks who don’t pray for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.” 

The crew fueled up at the start of the day with coffee and pastries from The Peabody Memphis, with lunch provided by Terminix and local barbeque team, The People’s Republic of Swina. 

For more photos of the day’s events, visit Memphis Habitat’s Facebook page.

Posted by Kim Morrison at 12:04 PM
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