ELLENTON -- Many hands made light work for the crew from All Island Denominations when volunteers from Anna Maria gathered appliances, furniture and food to furnish Ana Reyes' new Habitat for Humanity home.
About a dozen people came Friday from AID to deliver items and decorate the four-bedroom villa, joined by two volunteers from Our Daily Bread, a community-driven organization devoted to feeding the hungry.
"We had an idea to partner with Our Daily Bread and Habitat to make a house a home, so that when people moved in they would have all the food they needed, that we would stock the refrigerator and cabinets, and then the idea exploded and we decided that each person needed new sheets, new bedding. Each person gets a quilt so that it's almost a transformation from a house to a home," said the Rev. Rosemary Backer, pastor of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Holmes Beach.
The congregations that comprise All Island Denominations are St. Bernard Catholic Church, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and Crosspointe Fellowship on Holmes Beach, Harvey Memorial Community Church on Bradenton Beach and Roser Community Church in
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"Knowing that it's a bigger community than just the island is nice," said the Rev. Dee Ann de Montmollin, parish priest of Annunciation. "This is a woman-built house. I worked on one when I was in North Carolina, pounding on the nails and all that. It's making a house into a home for a family."
The purpose of AID is to offer charitable assistance to those persons who are in need on Anna Maria Island and/or members of one of the island congregations. In this case, different island churches took on different rooms for the Reyes family, which includes three boys and two girls.
In the St. Bernard Catholic Church rummage sale in Holmes Beach, Kass Martin discovered two doll houses that were perfect for Reyes' two daughters and the AID volunteer couldn't pass them up.
"They have their own little rugs and their own little curtains."
"There are six churches on the island and they're all in this. From Harvey Memorial Church, we took on the kitchen," said Pat Whitacre. "It's going to be a nice place."
This was the third home furnished in cooperation with Our Daily Bread, said Backer, a member of that organization's board of directors. "The first house was adopted by Gloria Dei. Christ Episcopal Church and Young Life are doing the third house."