Magic Valley Family Receives A Special Christmas Gift


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Everybody wants to be 'home for Christmas.'

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, one more Magic Valley family finally had that wish come true.

Eight months ago, Chuck and Karri Martinez – and their seven children – broke ground on their new Habitat for Humanity home in Twin Falls.

Two days before Thanksgiving, Habitat dedicated the Martinez family's home.

“We got to move in Thanksgiving, so we woke up Thanksgiving in the new house. So now the family gets to be home for Christmas, opening presents, all the memories we get to make in 2013, the best way ever,” Karri Martinez says.

The seven kids range in age from 17 year old Trevor to 18 month old Oliviyah.

The new Martinez house already feels like home, thanks to simple holiday decorations.

It's a feeling many Magic Valley families share.

“We have been in the Magic Valley since 1991, so we have just passed our 22nd year here. And we have helped just shy of 40 families,” explains Linda Fleming, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity.

So far, Habitat for Humanity of Magic Valley has built homes in Buhl, Hansen, Jerome, and Twin Falls.

They're already gearing up for the new year.

Habitat is looking for a family in Jerome for the house they'll build there..

Along with possibly two other houses next year.

“If you can get out there and volunteer, pay it forward. Give back to the community; it's a great organization to be working with. There's tons of people out there that need homes, send them in. See what we can do,” Martinez encourages.

Doing what it takes... To get families into their very own "habitat" homes.

Habitat is looking for a general contractor to oversee their 'homebuilders blitz' in June…

That's where they will build a house in just five days.

If you'd like to help, call Linda Fleming at 735-1233.

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