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Home for Christmas: Community helps Alvarado family complete house renovations

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An Alvarado family recently had a Christmas wish granted by their friends and family.

They're described as the givers of the community, and now, those close to them returned the favor.

"It's really hard to tell your mom, ‘Yeah, you can come in and use the bathroom, but then we're leaving," said Betsy Cathey.

Cathey's house has been studs and insulation for the past seven years. She used to entertain guests, but not since a renovation project came to a halt when contractors couldn't finish the job.

"Living in it and trying to hang sheetrock just became way too much for us, and we all but had given up," said Cathey.

But friends say the Catheys never gave up on her neighbors.

"This couple that does everything for everybody else around them, and they never ask for anything in return," said county music singer and Cathey's friend, Charla Corn.

Two years ago, a tornado ripped up homes in their community.

"We were out helping our neighbors, feeding them and putting roofs on houses and doing what needed to be done for them," said Cathey.

So this year, her friends decided they would return the favor.

Corn and several contractors decided to finish the Cathey house just in time for Christmas.

"Just a few days into the ice storm, they were back out here again working their heines off right on up until last night so that we could be in here and celebrate Christmas, in our home."

Cathey says her friends finished it faster than promised, and added more to her home than she asked for.

"My bathroom's my favorite part," she said.

"It's really about finding a need, and meeting that need," said Corn.

The Catheys reportedly had their first party in their newly-renovated home Friday night.

"It means the world to be able to have Christmas in my house like we used to," said Cathey.

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