‘This is my Christmas present’: Shuqualak native, St. Jude Dream Residence winner tours dwelling | News

‘This is my Christmas present’: Shuqualak native, St. Jude Dream Residence winner tours dwelling | News

TUPELO • When Mary Greer eventually laid eyes on it Tuesday at midday, the 2020 St. Jude Dream Property was further than something she could have expected.

“Well, this is my Christmas current,” Greer explained.

The 2020 Tupelo St. Jude Desire House Giveaway winner toured the dwelling with partner, Henry Greer, and family Mary Clever and Russell Good Sr. The dream household, situated in Dunbarton Oaks and designed by Legacy Design, characteristics an estimated 3,100 square feet and is valued at somewhere around $450,000. The dwelling has 4 bedrooms, three-and-a-50 percent loos, a complete visitor suite upstairs and a learn suite with spa-like bathtub, standalone shower and a double walk entry walk-in closet.

As they toured the sprawling residence, the relatives admired information these types of as a fire that was seen both inside and outside the house, archways, a a few-vehicle garage with a washer and dryer, an open up chef’s kitchen area with a massive center island and wander-in pantry, and stairs that light up as they walk upstairs.

“You couldn’t talk to for a much better wanting household, and a very good locale and every little thing,” Greer claimed.

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

“All I can say is thank the Lord for almost everything, due to the fact it’s a blessing,” she said.

In a lot of ways, winning the property felt like a desire for the Greers. The retired AT&T communications technician was born and elevated in Shuqualak, a little town in Noxubee County with a inhabitants of fewer than 500 individuals. Greer explained the home was “outrageously wonderful,” but was happiest about the variety of children who have been served by the St. Jude Aspiration Dwelling Giveaway and the a variety of fundraisers close to it.

“They will need the enable, and I’m so glad they bought it,” Greer claimed. “It’s just like a Christmas present for the kids at St. Jude and us.”

Mark Simpson, proprietor of Legacy Design, claimed this was the fourth aspiration dwelling his company has done. It took practically 7 months to make the house, with COVID-19 slowing down the time it took to get resources.

“This 12 months, with anything going on, it was a minor more durable than the past many years, but I often think that rough to me and challenging to my spouse and children is not definitely challenging to what the households at St. Jude are likely by means of,” Simpson said.

Having said that, the community nevertheless arrived jointly to comprehensive the residence for St. Jude, Simpson stated. Each St. Jude home is mostly built with donated labor and supplies. This 12 months was no various, even with the pandemic.

The St. Jude Aspiration Household Giveaway, 1 of the biggest solitary-function fundraisers for the Memphis-primarily based St. Jude Children’s Investigate Clinic, raises proceeds to guarantee families never ever get charges from St. Jude for treatment method, journey, housing or food.

To day, the Tupelo industry has raised around $7 million for St. Jude.

“To be ready to increase (income) for St. Jude is constantly, that kind of outweighs the problems of design,” Simpson explained.

Greer mentioned she was thankful for the operate Simpson and his staff did to construct the dwelling. She options to go back again property and converse with her spouse and children about what they will do with the home.

Whichever transpires to the house, its existing operator hopes the St. Jude Aspiration Giveaway can carry on to assist St. Jude with its mission.