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Help needed to complete single mother's Habitat for Humanity home

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A single mother who spends her days feeding hundreds of elementary school students needs help making a dream come true.

Belinda Schumacher is the cafeteria manager at Fleetridge Elementary. The mother is also a Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity candidate and her home is almost complete.

"I have three [kids]. Carrie is 15 and Jessica and Mark, they are my twins, they are 11," Schumacher said.

Construction is still underway at the Raytown, MO, location, but they need to raise more money to finish the job.

"Belinda is one of our most amazing and encouraging families. She has had a very long and painful journey," said Pat Turner, the executive director for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity.

For six years, Schumacher has worked at the elementary school to provide for her kids, but there was one thing she couldn't give them.

"Being in one place. A home of our own," she said.

But that's about to change because soon her family will get the keys to their very first home. Schumacher met all of the Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity requirements to be selected for the program.

"Financial classes, home ownership classes and putting in sweat equity," she said, explaining that "sweat equity" was the actual work of hammering in nails and working alongside volunteer builders on the home.

The home isn't quite finished.

"We are racing against time. The fundraiser we are doing this Saturday, Hard Hats and High Heels, is really a last-ditch attempt to fundraise to help finish Belinda's home. We are hoping to move her in by Christmas," Turner said.

With more support, the self-described lunch lady can soon also call herself a homeowner.

"For one, stability, it is going to give my kids stability. I've always dreamed of being a homeowner. It was just difficult for me to access the loans. I'm really grateful. I'm really excited. It's just a dream come true," Schumacher said.

KCTV5's Karen Fuller will be the emcee of the Hard Hats and High Heels fundraiser. The event will be held at the Adams Pointe Conference Center in Blue Springs, MO, on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The evening will include live music, raffle prizes, a live auction and a fashion show.

Click here for more information and to buy a ticket.

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