- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

OCALA, Fla. (AP) - Nicolette Williams and her 2-year-old daughter Ky’Leigha got a new house for Christmas, thanks to Habitat for Humanity of Marion County.

Williams got the keys to the 1,200-square-foot house in Ocala on Tuesday and hopes to be moved in before Christmas Day.

The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/1A44pVa ) reports Williams put in more than 407 hours of “sweat equity” to get the house ready. Some 70 volunteers helped rehabilitate the house.

Williams got teary-eyed Tuesday during a ceremony that included the blessing of the house and presentation of the keys.

The local group has built 157 new homes and rehabilitated more than 30 others since it was established in 1990.

Prospective homeowners must put in sweat equity and demonstrate the ability to make monthly payments.

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Information from: Ocala (Fla.) Star-Banner, http://www.starbanner.com/

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