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STEPS2HOPE build: Day 3

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Volunteers and organizers with 'Steps 2 Hope' are making progress on building a home from the ground up for a local soldier. Sergeant Jason Smith lost both legs to an IED while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

The non-profit still needs your help to get the job done.

"We started to put on some of the shingles on the roof," says Steps 2 Hope organizer Terry Massey.

On day three, hundreds of volunteers worked non-stop on building Sgt. Jason Smith's new home.

"We've got people from all over the country up there right now. And they don't even know Jason," says Massey.

 "We got here on Thursday morning and there was a concrete slab and now there's a house. There's a house sitting here," says Bill Wise.

Wise, a contractor, drove all the way from Frankfort, Kentucky.

"I've been looking forward to this for a year. This is therapeutic for me," he says.

Wise is just one of many donating their time, like Bill Banks from harrison, who swung by to take a look at the site.

"All of the sudden I'm parked. I'm on a golf cart. I'm down here and they hand me a tool and say, 'Go clear out underneath the trees.' So that's what I'm doing," says Banks.

A stroke survivor, Banks says helping out is the least he can do for Jason and others who have served.

"My stamina isn't great. But I'll continue working until I can't work anymore," says Banks.

"It's the least we can do for those who have sacrificed so much," says Massey.

Massey says crews are moving at lightning speed in order to build the home in just nine days.

"Things are going really really well," he says.

He says more volunteers are needed.

"We've had probably 200 people on the first day. We had 150 on the second day. We've already had 200 today. Nut that's not enough. We need more," says Massey.

Massey says right now Steps 2 Hope can use sheet rock finishers and roofers as well as landscaping volunteers.

The work continues Sunday at the build site off Salem Valley Road in Ringgold.

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