The House the Otters Built Sponsored by Eyewitness News

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EVANSVILLE (WEHT) — Eyewitness News has teamed up with the Evansville Otters to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.

It’s called The House the Otters Built Sponsored by Eyewitness News.

Every Thursday night we’ve been updating you on this very special project that we’re very excited about.

Now, we want to introduce you to a special worker who is there every week helping to oversee the project.

“It is the most rewarding and therapeutic thing I’ve ever done in my life,” said Don Gillies.

If you’ve been to a Habitat house being built recently in Evansville chances are Don Gillies was there.

Soon after retiring, he picked up a hammer and went back to work helping to build homes for Habitat for Humanity.

He’s been at it for 16 years now and has no plans of stopping.

“We used to put the roofs on but they don’t allow us to do that anymore. It was an OSHA thing,” said Gillies.

Gillies’ job here is to oversee everything else. From the crawl space up, he knows exactly how a house should be built.

“We put the floor joists in, put the floor decks down, we lay out all the interior walls, build the walls, put them together,” said Gillies. “This thing here everybody works together. It’s not me telling anybody. It’s all I do is tell everybody this is what we’re going to do. You guys going to do it. They do it. They work on it. They are so good.”

Gillies who is a military veteran says Habitat for Humanity is all about family.

His family of volunteers spend weeks working hard so that a family in need will have a new home.

“I have gained a lot not only personally but picked up a lot of friends around the country because of Habitat,” said Gillies. “And you get new tools from time to time. That guy’s got a new tools. I’ve got to have a new tool. Everybody, it is just like a family. It is a family.”

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)

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