GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- After three months of building, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity returned to their construction site Wednesday morning to find they had been hit by burglars.
Habitat Hall County president Robert Akin said when volunteers returned to work after Christmas break, they noticed the back door of the house was kicked in and a window broken.
Nearly $1600 worth of tools were stolen from the work trailer and most of the copper wiring stripped from the house. Akin estimates the thieves did more than $5000 worth of damage -- a devastating blow for a non-profit organization.
"We'll just have to take the funds we're raising for the next house and replace everything here," Akin said. "Which, in turn, has a ripple effect for the next homeowner."
For homeowner Sherricka Smith, the new Habitat house was her dream come true. The single mother of two girls visits her new home at least once a week.
"When I seen one of the windows broken, I was just so hurt that somebody would do this," she said.
The house is being built by students from Habitat High; a program between Habitat Hall County and local high schools. Akin said more than 100 people have worked on the house.
"It's more than just taking copper and selling it for whatever reason," Akin said. "It's touched a whole community."
Habitat Hall County is looking for tool donations. For more information on how you can help, visit their website or call 678-450-5998.