Shuqualak indigenous, St. Jude Desire Property winner tours home

TUPELO, Pass up. (AP) — When Mary Greer at last laid eyes on it, the 2020 St. Jude Dream Property was beyond everything she could have expected.

“Well, this is my Xmas existing,” Greer reported.

The 2020 Tupelo St. Jude Dream Residence Giveaway winner toured the dwelling with spouse, Henry Greer, and family Mary Good and Russell Clever Sr.

The desire residence, positioned in Dunbarton Oaks and designed by Legacy Development, characteristics an approximated 3,100 sq. feet and is valued at approximately $450,000. The property has four bedrooms, 3-and-a-50 % bathrooms, a complete visitor suite upstairs and a grasp suite with spa-like bathtub, standalone shower and a double wander entry stroll-in closet.

As they toured the sprawling property, the loved ones admired specifics this kind of as a hearth that was obvious both of those within and outdoors, archways, a three-car garage with a washer and dryer, an open up chef’s kitchen with a significant middle island and walk-in pantry, and stairs that gentle up as they wander upstairs.

“You could not question for a better looking household, and a good place and every little thing,” Greer stated.

She informed her husband how they “would get misplaced in (their) possess house” if they lived there. Later on, as she was admiring the kitchen’s dishwasher, she jokingly informed her partner that he “won’t have to clean dishes no additional.”

“All I can say is thank the Lord for every little thing, for the reason that it is a blessing,” she said.

In quite a few approaches, successful the property felt like a dream for the Greers. The retired AT&T communications technician was born and lifted in Shuqualak, a little city in Noxubee County with a population of less than 500 persons. Greer explained the property was “outrageously stunning,” but was happiest about the selection of children who ended up helped by the St. Jude Desire Dwelling Giveaway and the numerous fundraisers around it.

“They need the support, and I’m so happy they received it,” Greer stated. “It’s just like a Xmas existing for the little ones at St. Jude and us.”

Mark Simpson, owner of Legacy Building, mentioned this was the fourth dream property his corporation has done. It took virtually 7 months to construct the residence, with COVID-19 slowing down the time it took to get resources.

“This 12 months, with almost everything going on, it was a minimal more durable than the past many years, but I usually think that challenging to me and difficult to my family is not actually challenging to what the households at St. Jude are going by,” Simpson stated.

Even so, the community still arrived together to comprehensive the household for St. Jude, Simpson stated. Each and every St. Jude property is mainly designed with donated labor and materials. This yr was no distinct, even with the pandemic.

The St. Jude Aspiration Dwelling Giveaway, a person of the greatest solitary-occasion fundraisers for the Memphis-based St. Jude Children’s Study Healthcare facility, raises proceeds to guarantee households by no means receive charges from St. Jude for treatment method, journey, housing or food items.

To day, the Tupelo sector has lifted around $7 million for St. Jude.

“To be capable to increase (revenue) for St. Jude is normally, that form of outweighs the headaches of construction,” Simpson reported.

Greer stated she was thankful for the function Simpson and his group did to develop the property. She programs to go again house and chat with her family members about what they will do with the dwelling.

No matter what occurs to the dwelling, its recent proprietor hopes the St. Jude Dream Giveaway can go on to assist St. Jude with its mission.