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Habitat Homeowners Get the Keys

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It's a dream two and a half years in the making and it has come true for two Bay county families. Saturday, they were handed the keys to their new houses thanks to Habitat for Humanity.

Saturday's ceremony was a little different as rain forced everyone inside making for a very untraditional ribbon cutting.

Nevertheless, it was still a very exciting day for Sheena Anderson.

A single mother of four, this new house of hers can now fit her and her family comfortably.

"It's exciting, overwhelming a little bit, a lot of emotions mixed in at once," said Anderson.

"It's emotional because Anderson is a first time homeowner and Saturday marks the end of a long journey.

"They've earned where they are," said Cornel Brock, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Bay County.

The organization helped build Anderson a home, but she's been a part of the process since it started nearly two and half years ago.

"They rest a little bit, because they've been working really hard," said Brock.

Not only did she help put the hammer to nail with her own home, but she's dedicated hundreds of hours to building others.

"A lot of Saturdays," said Brock.

However this Saturday, Anderson received the key to her new home, unlocking a new beginning.

"I'm standing in my own room and I'm so happy because I'll be away from the boys and all that," said Amaya Gagnt, 10. Gagnt is Anderson's daughter who already has a plan for the white walls.

"I want it to be all blue. Blue sheets, blue walls. I'm going to have a great time with this room," said Gagnt.

Anderson's home marks the 63rd one built by Habitat for Humanity of Bay County with others still in the works.

It's an opportunity Anderson says she's extremely grateful for.

"This is truly a blessing," said Anderson. "I'm excited to have my own home and I'm looking forward to the future."

Anderson says she plans to move in with the next few weeks.

April Gaither also received the key to her habitat home earlier Saturday.

To find out how you can potentially be the next recipient of a habitat visit their website.