To have a place, a home, to have a place for family — I can’t think of anything better.Georgia House District 159 Rep. Jon Burns
RINCON — The beat of a generous heart can be felt for generations. That sentiment was expressed repeatedly during Habitat for Humanity of Effingham County’s 20th house dedication Saturday morning. Jimmy Rutland, executive director of the organization, presented the keys to the residence at 805 W. 7th St. to Brittany Coffey in front of a crowd of about three dozen wellwishers, including a contingent of elected officials. “I am just so proud,” U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter said. “This is exactly what makes Effingham County so special and it’s such good feeling. This is more than a house. It is a home where memories will be made. “How special is that?” Coffey beamed broadly and said “Thank you” as Carter congratulated her and the other workers who built the house. Coffey pitched in after getting off from her job. In addition to volunteer labor, a considerable amount of donated materials was used to construct the house on property that was given to Habitat for Humanity by Georgia House District 159 Rep. Jon Burns. After lauding Habitat for Humanity and its accomplishments in Effingham County since it started in 1995, Burns expressed gratitude to God that he and his wife were able to contribute to the cause. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Burns also focused his remarks on the importance of families. Coffey is a single mother with two young children. “We all know that families are the basis of who we are and what we’ve been about throughout the history of this country,” he said. “To have a place, a home, to have a place for family — I can’t think of anything better.” See the Sept. 5 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.