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#TeamAndrew: Volunteers see finished home during open house

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It's been a couple of weeks since we last visited a brand new home specially built for a local soldier and his wife.

Volunteers made it happen in less than a week, and many of them came back for an open house Sunday to see the finished product.

Andrew Smith lost both of his legs while serving overseas in Afghanistan. Hundreds of people came to help build him and his wife Tori a new home.

While the Smith's are making plans to move in, many volunteers are still in awe of the house they say was built with love.

"For anybody that hadn't seen it and is now seeing it, the ooh's and ah's and the wow factor has just been amazing," said Team Andrew volunteer Mark Nighman.

Nighman said he spent all seven days working on Andrew and Tori Smith's new home. Formerly paralyzed in both of his legs, Nighman said his similarity to Andrew was his call to duty.

"Very much empathize with what he's going through. Different circumstances as to causes, but a lot of the same emotional and physical things," he said.

Nighman was one of dozens who came to the home to reflect on their hard work.

Signs of the Smiths already dot the inside of the home. Andrew's parents said they can't wait to move in.

"They went shopping this weekend for some stuff to help on the outside of the house, and they'll be furniture shopping and that type of thing," said Andrew's father Todd Smith.

The Smiths said they're still overwhelmed by the community's support. The volunteers said they're overwhelmed by the house that was built with so much love.

"It's just very heart warming to see this many people that don't know this couple would come out, and to see how humble they were throughout the whole process and how truly appreciative they are of everything," Nighman said.

Steps2Hope coordinated the Team Andrew build, and they're not done helping the community. They plan to start working on the details of their next project starting next week.

That project is Team Austin, and they will help the Lafayette teen and his family make modifications to their home.

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