Woman wins crooked house through raffle, donates it to Harrisonburg church

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — In November 2017, students at Broadway High School started building a crooked house to benefit Habitat for Humanity — now it sits on the playground at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg.

The crooked house was made by local high school students at Broadway High School.

The original goal of the crooked house was to have local high school students create it as a service-learning project, and then for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity to use it as a fundraiser.

Kirsten Lambert, the community outreach coordinator for Central Valley Habitat for Humanity, said they wanted a fundraiser that would be fun for children later.

"We wanted something that we could take around to a lot of different events and also raise money," Lambert said.

They took it to a number of community events, including the Rockingham County Fair and the Harrisonburg Farmers Market, to sell raffle tickets and spread awareness of Habitat for Humanity.

Lisa purchased a ticket because she wanted to help out the cause.

"I was surprised when I got the call that I had won the playhouse," she said. "I don't usually win anything."

Since she doesn't have young children at home, Lisa donated the house to the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg. They recently re-vamped their playground, and she thought it would be a nice addition.

"We've had quite a few of our board members and Lisa say that they think the children have really been enjoying it," Lambert said. "They've been sending us pictures of kids playing in it, so it seems to be a pretty positive reaction and a great addition to their playground."

The raffle raised $1,500, which can be used for several different things with Habitat for Humanity, like purchasing new equipment or supplies.

The Central Valley Habitat for Humanity is hoping to make this raffle an annual event, and they hope to have other high school students make the crooked house for the next year.