By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
It was 48 degrees outside Tuesday morning, but it didn’t deter six Tri-City Americans players from putting in fours hours of work on a Habitat for Humanity house in Kennewick.
The three bedroom, 1 1/2 bathroom house on South Jean Place, is just a few doors down from the house the players worked on last year.
“Honestly, I wish we could have been here all day,” said Americans forward Connor Rankin. “I’m proud of the guys and how much work we have done. I’m happy to do this for a family who will be in here in time for Christmas.”
Helping Habitat for Humantiy is just one of several community projects the Americans are a part of each season. They also read to elementary school children, make hospital visits and ring bells for the Salvation Army during the holidays. The team donates more than 2,500 man hours per season to the community.
“It’s awesome to be out here helping a family,” said Americans team captain Mitch Topping, who noted it was his third year working on a Habitat for Humanity home. “We all take something away from this, and we all learn a few new skills. I really like to do this. I like watching something come together. It may be something I pursue after hockey.”
Sue Bannister, the Family Services Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity — and Rankin’s billet — said a family of four from Burma is scheduled to move into the house in December.