Navy veteran Eddie Browning and his wife Cindy Browning had been praying for a new roof over their head. They were living in a camper that was in disrepair and had been damaged by a fire. They found themselves freezing during the cold weather.
Thanks to a group of children, their prayers were finally answered.
“I don’t have the words to tell you what we feel,” a tearful Eddie Browning, 61, told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Students from Elm Street Elementary in Rome, GA and volunteers had constructed a tiny house for the couple and presented it to them at the Georgia Tiny House Festival in Eatonton at the Ooh La La Lavender Farm.
The Brownings were overwhelmed with joy to be presented with a new home and were shocked to hear that the effort came on behalf of school children.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said Cindy Browning, 59. “It’s a dream.”
The students had started their project about a year ago but were unable to present the Brownings with the home because they didn’t have a place to legally put it.
Organizers with the Georgia Tiny House Festival and Ooh La La Lavender Farms heard about their problem and allowed them to store it on the farm.
They also helped them to add electricity, plumbing, and a larger extension to the house. Donors, volunteers, and corporate sponsors also pitched in to fill the house with amenities and make the tiny house legally habitable for the Brownings.
“[This] will be warm,” Eddie Browning told Fox 5 Atlanta. “We’ve been freezing to death.”
After the festival, the tiny house will be brought back to the Brownings property in Norwood. The project was so successful that the Elm Street Elementary School will build a new house each year for a family in need.
They even have a motto for their endeavor, “tiny house, big dreams.”
Donations for the Brownings and the elementary school’s future tiny house project can be mailed to Elm Street Elementary School, c/o Elm Kids Construction.
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