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Habitat for Humanity and Destiny Homebuilders representatives hold a strip of UltraTouch Denim Insulation at the Destiny plant in Moultrie. The insulation, made from old denim clothes, was donated by Cotton Incorporated. From left are Tim Powers of the Habitat board, Habitat Director Myra Jane Brown and Donnie Edwards of Destiny Homebuilders.

Colquitt County Habitat’s 10th Habitat Home will soon become a reality, and Director Myra Jane Brown proudly announced its home sponsor will be Colquitt County’s agricultural community.

“We called on our strong and varied ag community to help Habitat shoulder the financial cost of our next home build,” Brown said, “and they responded with such generosity and heart that we were able to raise $35,000 in spite of our difficult economy!”

The donations, ranging from $100 to $5,000, came from all areas of the farming community — from ag-related businesses to some of their suppliers, from small farming operations to large ones, from row crop to vegetable to dairy to poultry producers.

“We actually, I am sure, ran out of fundraising time before we gave out of donors,” Brown said. “What a wonderfully caring ag community we have here in Colquitt County!”

All the insulation for the home was donated by Cotton Incorporated’s “Cotton: From Blue to Green” post-consumer recycling program. Local farmer Louie Perry and B.C.T.  Gin’s Van Murphy secured this grant for Habitat.  

Old blue jeans and other denim clothing are collected through denim drives all over the country, Brown said, and is turned into UltraTouch Denim Insulation by Bonded Logic, an Arizona company.

“I urge everyone to go to CottonFromBluetoGreen.org and to BondedLogic.com to learn about this innovative product which is coming to us at no cost,” Brown said. “Cotton Incorporated sent a truck across the country to us with 26,000 square feet of insulation, enough to share with the Habitat affiliates in Americus, Albany, Valdosta and Thomasville.”

This 10th Habitat Home will be a Systems Built home by Destiny Homebuilders, the third in a series of joint projects with Destiny. The home will be partially completed at the Destiny plant and then set on its foundation on 11th Street Southeast to be completed by volunteers and the Habitat Partner Family.

“We are extremely grateful to the folks at Destiny for helping speed up the home build process for us again,” Brown said. “Destiny manufactures a superior home, and this is certainly not a money making project for them. Donnie Edwards works closely with his suppliers and with Habitat, securing and utilizing as much donated materials as possible in the home, making it economically feasible as a Habitat home.”  

Brown said Habitat hopes to have the home on its foundation by late July with volunteers and the partner family beginning work in August.

“Work should be finished in time for the family to move into their new home in time for the holidays,” she said.

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