"Early in the morning we had a crowd, we had a line," said Nitsi Bennett, executive director of Habitat Okaloosa.
Bennett said that by early afternoon the group had raised $7,500 for the house, to be called Patriot Place in honor of local veterans and active-duty military, and in remembrance of longtime construction manager Ray Burgess, who was active with military causes.
said the group hopes to have the house ready by Sept. 11.
was lucky Habitat Okaloosa
's board members have been so active in the cause.
"Usually, nonprofit boards don't get that involved," she
Bennett, who has been executive director for nine years, said the group has been challenged because of a lack of property in Fort Walton Beach.
"I wish it would have been 100 (houses), but we just don't have the land," she