Elaine Hazel and her family moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home just in time for Christmas.

And what a Christmas present it was.

“You have no idea how grateful I am,” Hazel said to the crowd that attended the dedication of her home on Dec. 16.

Her five children – Trina, Eliza, Breanna, April and Clifton – also attended the dedication and couldn’t wait to move into their new bedrooms.

Deb Kladivko, president of the Habitat board, remembered the day she first met Hazel during the application process.

“Elaine was absolutely the most enthusiastic homeowner that I have ever met,” said Kladivko. “It was inspiring to see Elaine handled all of her responsibilities with her family, helping with the house and working her job at Zaxby’s.”

Hazel partnered with Habitat by working the required sweat equity hours in the Habitat ReStore as well as working on three recent Habitat homes, including her own house. Hazel now owns her home with a zero-interest mortgage. Since her mortgage payments go toward funding future homes, she is thrilled that she will help upcoming homeowners.

First Baptist Church of Aiken and St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church sponsored house No. 89. These two churches, along with the Habitat Friday Crew, provided the volunteer labor and were able to finish the house in just three and a half months.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, Christian organization that assists very low and low income families in Aiken County to purchase their own home. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.aikenhabitat.org or call the Habitat office at 642-9295.