Country music supercouple Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood spent a day this week working for Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that brings together eager volunteers to build affordable housing. Brooks and Yearwood visited a site in Mishawaka, Ind. where 22 new houses popped up this week as part of a project named after former President Jimmy Carter.
"I think it's one of the most organized and best prepared (of the Carter Work Projects), and we've had some good ones," Jimmy Carter told the South Bend Tribune. Carter attended the event with former First Lady Rosalynn. The pair got to work on a house just across the street from where Brooks and Yearwood set up.
Yearwood spoke to WNDU, explaining that she and her husband became enamored with the Habitat for Humanity process after they volunteered in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. Brooks added, "Just one hour of doing this, and one hour will turn into eight hours, one day will turn into five, it'll be a 'must' you have to do for the rest of your life. It's a dream."
While Brooks was occasionally signing hard hats on fellow volunteers' heads, Yearwood mentioned that everyone who works on a Habitat Home has an opportunity to write their own well wishes for the families who will live in the homes by writing on the frames of the houses. Though the messages will be covered up, they stay within the heart of the home.
"I think things like this remind us that there is a lot of good and there are a lot of people here from all walks of life, all political affiliations all religions, everybody is together working together of love. It's possible," Yearwood said.
In addition to helping out with the Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, Brooks will make another special appearance in Indiana. On Oct. 20, Brooks will headline a show at the massive Notre Dame Stadium. Tickets for the event go on sale Sept. 14 at 10:00 a.m.