Phantoms help build house

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For the past several years, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks has been a time for community service and Wednesday was no exception.

More than a dozen members of the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team donated their time to help with a Habitat for Humanity project on Lincoln Street in Struthers. The group joined more than a dozen other volunteers installing a roof, as well as hammering in 2-x-4’s for what eventually will be the home’s interior.

Many of the team members were only in grade school 12 years ago, but they still understand how significant the 9/11 anniversary is

“Seeing how many lives were changed by that incident, I think it means a lot for us to come out here and give a little bit to someone who needs it,” said right wing Josh Nenadal.

And team members themselves are benefiting from staying with host families while they’re in the area, so giving back is something they understand.

“You want to give back on days like today,” said center Tyler Specia. “So it’s a really easy decision on coming out here, waking up early in the morning and helping out people that need it most.”

The house on Lincoln Avenue is the organization’s 40th in Mahoning County. Work on the house began several weeks ago, and Habitat officials hope to have it ready for occupancy by Thanksgiving.

“On a regular basis, we get large groups from different businesses in the community that come out as a group and help us,” said George Winston of Habitat for Humanity. “We certainly appreciate every bit of help that we do get here.”

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