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Serita Brewington holds up the keys to her new Habitat for Humanity home after receiving them from Leonard Farrugia, construction coordinator, as her son, Jaylyn, looks on during a home dedication on Monday in Newport. Brewington will move into the home constructed by volunteers, including Marines and sailors from Cherry Point's Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Marine Unit.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013 at 01:33 PM.

NEWPORT - When Serita Brewington gets unpacked and settles in to her new Habitat for Humanity home, she knows the first thing she’s going to do.

“I’m just going to lie in the middle of the floor and wave my arms like those angel wings you make in the snow,” Brewington said. “And, I’m just going to say ‘home sweet home.’”

Brewington received the keys to her new house during a Habitat Home Dedication Ceremony on Monday at 238 Oscar Hill Road in Newport. She will move into the new house with her son Jaylyn, her turns 13 on Thursday, and son David, who is 4.

“I’m just thankful, so thankful,” she said. “This couldn’t be a better day.”

Brewington had been living with her mother, and previously, had been living in a two-bedroom apartment. Now, she’ll own a home that has become the 87th constructed by Crystal Coast Habitat for Humanity, which covers Carteret and Onslow counties.

She officially received the keys from Leonard Farrugia of Carolina Crawlspace Solutions, who served as construction coordinator of the project. Brewington paused several times when asked to speak to those at the dedication, choking back tears.

“I’m thankful and so excited,” she said. “When he handed me those keys, that’s when reality set in.”

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