News Releases 2008

Donations Still Needed For LeTourneau University House Project

Fri, Mar 14 2008

(LONGVIEW, Texas) –With a goal of building a neighbor a new home in the next eight weeks, LeTourneau University students, armed with hammers, sledgehammers, crow bars and work gloves, joined members of Red Oak Baptist Church last week to tear down the home of 80-year-old Longview resident and church member Sye Jackson. They were not alone.

Even before the house came down, donations had poured in from the community, with nearly $35,000 in materials and labor already committed.  However, more donations are needed. 

"This partnership between the university and the community to help a neighbor is something we can all get involved in," said Carlton Mitchell, director of cultural competence in the Center for the Development of Christian Leadership. "Some of the things we still need include drywall supplies, insulation, vinyl siding, cabinets, sinks and interior furnishings, like a dinette set, table, living room furniture, towels, whatever you would need to furnish a home."

The schedule for the new home is moving along.  Plumbing should be completed by early next week, to enable the concrete slab to be poured Monday or Tuesday, weather permitting.  Framing of the house is scheduled for Saturday, March 8. The community is invited to help.

Demolition of the house was assisted by a donation by Joel Campbell of machinery and dirt work. Howard Wilson of Wilson Backhoe Services also provided dirt work at a reduced price.  Gene Keenan of Allied Waste provided dumpsters and debris removal at a reduced cost.

Patrick Hamilton of Southern Construction is providing free planning and building contracting services, with electrical planning donated by Laughlin Electric.  Cheyenne Electric and Elliot Electric have donated electric supplies. Ronnie Rice of Morrison Supply, representing several plumbing supply vendors, donated plumbing supplies, and Danny King of 4 Him Plumbing is donating the labor to install the plumbing.  Materials for the concrete for the house pad are being provided by Chris Mayfield of TXI Concrete, while the labor is being provided at a reduced cost by Octabio Olivera of Olivera Concrete. 

Bobby Davis at Cassity Jones Lumber has donated roofing supplies. Donnie Powers and Scott McClellan of Panel Truss of Henderson have pledged the trusses needed for the new home.  Noel Hardeman pledged 280 studs. Ronnie Spradlin of East Texas Lumber provided lumber, sheetrock and ridge vents. Randy Robbins and David Dyer at All Season Doors provided interior and exterior doors.

Mike Sublette of Master Service Company in Lindale donated the central heat and air units and installation.

Larry Odom of Larry’s Interiors donated carpeting, Ken McGinnis of McGinnis Carpet Center donated linoleum.  Donnie Stuckey of Johnny on the Spot donated a portable relief facility for use by workers

Lou and Jane Galosy have provided a dishwasher; Charles Williams and the men of Red Oak Baptist Church have provided a refrigerator and stove. Pilgrim’s Pride donated $1,000. Steve Cotaya of Snavely Forest Products is providing decking.  Calixto Arce of Arce Landscaping is donating materials and labor for the landscaping, once the home is built.  The Longview News-Journal is donating advertising.