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Gainesville High School pulls together to furnish house for local family

POSTED: January 4, 2014 12:30 a.m.

LaCrisia Larkin moved excitedly around the empty house on Washington Street, discussing color schemes.

“The dining room chairs are painted burgundy,” she said. “So burgundy and blue is what we’re thinking.”

The Gainesville High School principal is helping to coordinate furniture and other donations for the home, a newly built house for a local woman and her son. The ribbon-cutting for the property was held in December.

“On that day, when the family first walked into the house, we started thinking this is a perfect opportunity for our school to take it to the next level and see if we could possibly work together to furnish the home,” Larkin said.

Funding for the house came from Gainesville’s Community Home Investment Program, through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. It was built by David Bryant of Bryant Builders, assisted by Gainesville High School carpentry students.

But after being built, it needed to be furnished.

“They were able to get a remarkable amount of things donated for her to move into the house so she will have new and updated things versus some of the older things that were just falling apart,” Gainesville Housing Coordinator Theresa Dyer said. “The last we spoke, she had televisions and bedroom suites and dining room suites and so on.”

Larkin reached out to different teachers and clubs at the high school to help donate items. She’s also working with Southern Ladies, a Gainesville-based resale and consignment store for furniture. The business also donated a hospital chair for the son’s room.

Friday, several of the high school athletic coaches helped carry in the two mattresses, dining room table and chairs and bed frames. They’ll be finishing up over the weekend, including bringing in a donated television and some extra pieces of furniture.

They’ve thought of everything — bed linens, dishes, a microwave, washer and dryer — all of it will be provided. The refrigerator and pantry will be stocked with groceries before the family moves in either Monday or Tuesday.

Once that is done, the process will begin again in a few weeks on a different house on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

“The community and campus of Gainesville is phenomenal,” said Darrell Lucas, the construction teacher at the high school who helped oversee the students working on the project.

“It’s a blessing for us to be able to get out here and have something. The kids really enjoy it. I get tickled with it because there’s no telling how many parents have walked through here.”

Anyone who is interested in donating or learning more can contact Larkin at Gainesville High School, 706-536-4441. She wants to do something similar for the upcoming home project as well.


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