BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier City group is set to build their third and fourth homes to help families in need. This weekend they are hosting a special fundraiser to make sure it happens.
The project is called Katy Build, named in honor of a Airline High School student who was killed, along with two close friends, in a 2006 car wreck.
Over the last few of years, volunteers from Asbury United Methodist Church teamed up with the Fuller Center for Housing to build two Katy Build homes in Bossier City. The first home was built in 2012 and the second just last year. Both homes were built for couples who had overcome great struggles and fended off homelessness.
"We proceeded to step out in faith and build a second home," says Katy Build organizer Angela Pfanner.
Now, her group has made plans to build two more homes in Bossier City, also in honor of Katy Watkins. This time they will be honoring her two friends, Emily Perdue and Molly Reed. All three were killed in an October 2006 car crash on I-49 while driving through DeSoto Parish.
To take yet another much larger leap of faith, Katy Build volunteers will now be assisted by volunteers from First Baptist Church of Bossier City and the Simple Church.
"This is our home and where our girls grew up," explains Pfanner.
First Baptist will sponsor the Emily Perdue home while Simple Church will sponsor the Molly Reed home. Both homes will be built in the Scott-Dickerson neighborhood.
"In honor of the girls and their lives and service they gave, when they were with us," added Pfanner, "because they would be the first out there to help us."
Pfanner says Watkins was a tireless volunteer when it came to missions work at Asbury and now all three girls will be remembered for their love of church and community.
This weekend, the hammer swinging volunteers will lay down their tools and pick up tennis rackets for the first ever Katy Build Tennis Tournament at the North Bossier Tennis Center.
"A lot of my students were affected," says the tennis center director Elana Engleman.
The tennis pro has provided after school tennis lessons at schools for years and knew the three girls.
"So we were very, very connected to all of that. So I was very happy we were able to work with Angela and the project," adds Engleman.
Nearly two dozen local individuals and businesses have already stepped up to help sponsor the Friday through Sunday tennis tournament. Admission to the tournament is free.
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