Leake County mom fulfills promise of home to son through Habitat and Nissan

Habitat for Humanity Canton

CANTON, Miss. (WLBT) - Nearly one month into the construction of her Habitat home, a Leake County woman is practically speechless at what she sees.

On Richard Circle in Canton, Nissan Canton and Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area are constructing Christina Wilder’s first new home.

“This is an overwhelming experience,” said Wilder. “I never thought this day would ever come”.

The 41-year-old started working on the frame of her Richard Circle home April 17th.

The mother of 12-year-old son Carmello is also helping raise her four-year-old nephew. Her younger brother was killed in Jackson in 2016.

Wilder is a secretary at Porter Middle School in Canton and lives with her parents and her brother in Thomastown.

She said she's doing all of this to make a better life for her promising young son.

“I drive 30 miles a day here and 30 miles back home,” said Wilder. “My son attends school here, the very school that I work at. He’s my inspiration. Having him, becoming his mother my life drastically changed because I wanted to provide and show him that the streets are not for him."

Nissan Canton is helping to building the four bedroom two bathroom home.

When it is completed Wilder’s drive to work will be five minutes.

This is their sixth home built in Canton and the 12th build in the greater Jackson area.

One hundred 120 Nissan Canton employees volunteered to work on their second Canton home on Richard Circle and sixth Habitat House. Source: WLBT
One hundred 120 Nissan Canton employees volunteered to work on their second Canton home on Richard Circle and sixth Habitat House. Source: WLBT

“Everyone knows that we build great cars, but we also try to build great communities,” said Nissan Canton H. R. Director Rodney Francis. “Our employees live here. Our employees work here. Our employees raise their families here. So it’s important that we give back and that they want to be a part of this”.

Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area Executive Director Merrill McKewen said the non-profit agency is hoping to branch out in the metro area.

“After this we don’t have any more property in the Canton area,” said McKewen. “So if anyone wants to help Habitat we would love to have some property so that in two years when they come back to build in Canton again we know that we have a safe decent affordable Habitat house”.

Construction will continue for the next eight weeks.

Christina Wilder explains the layout of her new home under construction by Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area and Nissan Canton. Source: WLBT
Christina Wilder explains the layout of her new home under construction by Habitat for Humanity MS Capital Area and Nissan Canton. Source: WLBT

“This has been an overjoyed great experience,” added Wilder. “I’m grateful”.

The family hopes to move into their home by mid-July.

To donate to Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area or for more information about owning a Habitat home call 601-353-6060.

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