Hometown Habitat News

Tiny houses for the little ones

January 2, 2024 Courtesy of the Triangle News Leader 

Twenty-four area families now have individually decorated playhouses for their youngsters, thanks to the fifth annual Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter’s Jingle Build-Off. 

“This year, Jingle Build-Off teams created 24 individually designed playhouses gifted to children from Lake and Sumter counties. Winning by a single vote, Garney Construction was crowned with the title of ‘Playhouse Pros’ for the best playhouse for 2023,” Habitat said in a news release. 

The Dec. 2 playhouse build competition was the largest Habitat Lake-Sumter playhouse build to date, according to the agency. The playhouses were displayed in the Tavares Christmas Celebration in Town Square on the parade route and lined the pathway to Santa’s throne. 

Recipient families were selected through referrals from local schools and community members and received their family’s playhouses just in time for the holidays.

Community members were invited to vote for the playhouses online, and all proceeds from the fundraiser support affordable housing. The project raised $60,942 toward new home construction in Lake and Sumter Counties.

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