An Orléans family moving into a Habitat for Humanity home on Nantes Street had a dilemma.
The house was slightly behind schedule, but Habitat worked with the family to make sure the majority of the home was done, and they would be able to move in.
The family, who have two children, had given two months notice and were due out of their rental unit, but didn’t have a way to transport their furniture into their new house.
A volunteer, Sgt. Mario Legnaro, quickly stepped up with his staff from CFS Leitrim to help the family move into their new home.
They helped us with everything, furniture, everything,” said Nadia, who wished to only be identified by her first name. “They put it in the truck and then when we got there, they set up the bedroom, my bedroom, my children’s bedroom.”
Help moving into the new home isn’t usually something Habitat for Humanity is able to help with, but in this case, the family was in a real bind, said volunteer coordinator Peggy Winstan.
She was thrilled to see volunteers going above and beyond to spend their weekend helping out a family who was in a pinch.
Legnaro said his staff was happy to volunteer to help out a family in need, especially because several of them had already helped on the family’s build.
They didn’t know what house they were working on back when they had worked on the incomplete house, so it was a happy coincidence to meet the family who now own the house they helped to build.
“What are the chances,” he said.
Legnaro said they are all encouraged to get involved in their communities and volunteer by their management at the Canadian Armed Forces.
He was happy to give back with the rest of his staff, to make sure a family had a smooth transition into their newly-purchased home.
They stayed late to make sure that all the family had left to do was “lay their heads on their pillows,” Legnaro said.
“Thank you is not enough,” Nadia said. “He did amazing, he found amazing people. I will not forget what he did for us.”
The official Habitat for Humanity move in ceremony for the family was scheduled for Dec. 17, just in time for the holidays.