Comcast employees hook residents up with more than cable - - Jackson, MS

Comcast employees hook residents up with more than cable

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dirt was dug up for new trees, shrubs were planted and pallets of sod were laid out to add curb appeal to Habitat for Humanity homes in Jackson's Englewood Gardens community, once an illegal dumping ground.

"These are 4 of the last houses and once we landscape and they're inspected families can move into it and it will complete the neighborhood," explained Frances Smith, Comcast's Government Affairs Director.

Thanks to Habitat for Humanity, Englewood Gardens has 27 new homes. On Saturday morning Comcast employees, their friends and family pitched in to add landscaping to the newest houses in the neighborhood. It's part of an annual event called "Comcast Cares Day."

"I love helping out in the community, I volunteer with Comcast and at my church I just love helping," said longtime Comcast employee Mike Smith.

One of those who helped out and is getting lots of help herself is Shameka Allen. Allen and her husband will move into their Habitat home in the near future.

"It's a blessing for them to come out and sacrifice their time and be a blessing to me and my husband," said Allen.

All of the materials to landscape the homes were donated. Plus, the volunteers doing the work helped save homeowners hundreds of dollars.

"I can tell you the difference between having volunteers here lay the sod and prepare the beds is probably $1,500 savings per house," explained Cindy Griffin, the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity for Metro Jackson.

Comcast Cares Day is recognized across the globe. This year marks the first year where several volunteer work sites were set up outside of the U.S.

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