1st Ladies Build Homes

The holiday season is known as a time of giving.

And today, Nebraska's First Lady Sally Ganem wants residents to give in a special way.

Sally Ganem was in Washington, D.C. this morning, she and a couple of other Governor's wives, spoke with us via satellite to tell Nebraksan's this is the season to give, give time and effort to build a lasting gift.

Nebraska's First Lady Sally Ganem along with Virginia's First Lady Ann Holton and her mother…Former Virginia First Lady Jinx Holton, spent Wednesday morning reaching out to the nation.

They are trying to make a dent in what they call a major nationwide problem.

Housing is not just a problem that's one city or one state.

It certainly is across the nation.

Volunteers of all ages are lifting hammers, roofs and paint brushes.

Their goal?  To build affordable living homes through Habitat for Humanity.

The group of first ladies is a part of a program through Habitat for Humanity…called Women Build.
Over the past two years, thousands of women have come together along with Governor's wives, to build a home in every state.

First Lady Ganem says over so far over 50 homes have been built nation-wide, including this home in Lincoln.

She says it's an opportunity for everyone to give back to the community even if you aren't sure where to start.

The three first ladies say poor housing is a nationwide problem that all political parties can agree on.

Giving your time to builg a home for a needy family is the best present to give during anytime of the year.

I think we're really just trying to say there's a great opportunity to be of service to others and to be an important part of your community and have fun and build skills of your own at the same time.

The first ladies tell me the women build program is not soley for women, men are welcome and encouraged to come out and help build.

And by the way, right after our interview, the women put on their hardhats and went to work.

If you would like more information about how you can help, you can logo onto www.lincolnhabitat.com.