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Deserving family receives new home

Moorhead, MN (WDAY-TV) One Moorhead woman is getting the 55th house raised by Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.

Those involved say the recipient of the home is more than deserving.

It was all smiles this morning for Stacy Fonder.

“Oh, I almost fainted I was so happy,” said Fonder.

The Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 25th anniversary by building the Moorhead woman a new home.

Raising the walls to an exciting new future for the family.

Jackie Mattfield, the Family Services Director said, “I can just see them blossoming into a family – creating memories, traditions together.”

Today's wall raising ceremony launches the build for the new house, but it also symbolizes a fresh start for Stacy and her family.

The mother of two escaped an abusive relationship, but her current living situation keeps her from fully enjoying her new life.

“They're living in an apartment right now that's not very safe. Her kids are afraid to go outside because it's in a part of town that's not real safe for them,” said Pete Christopher, Marketing Manager.

The new home will change that, and it's something her children are looking forward to.

“My kids want to paint their own room and decorate it,” said Fonder.

Her daughter Brianna is eager to paint her room blue, and her son Spencer says he wants a green room.

They're excited they no longer have to share one.

“Oh, It's heartwarming. Those are the things that people don't necessarily think about,” said Christopher.

The family will move in this December, and Stacy says she can't imagine a better Christmas present.

Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers and donors.

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