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Families build "sweet" homes out of gingerbread at Roanoke Rescue Mission

Dozens of volunteers give families in need gingerbread house-making activity

ROANOKE, Va. – More families in Roanoke are without a home this year.

The Roanoke Rescue Mission continues to see an influx in the number of homeless people in the area.

Christian Hilward and her daughter are searching for a home.

“Right now I'm at the mission,” Hilward said.

The Rescue Mission has seen a steady climb in the number of homeless families throughout the community.

Even though those numbers have leveled off in the past couple of months, parents like Hilward are working hard to find a home.

Thanks to dozens of volunteers in the community, the high spirited mother and daughter got to experience building a very "sweet" home for themselves at the Rescue Mission’s gingerbread making activity Thursday morning.

“This was fun. This was the first time I ever made a gingerbread house,” Hilward said.

Her daughter, Madison, who has a sweet tooth, went all out.

“She did really well, she actually made two,” Hilward said.

Volunteers baked more than 100 loaves of gingerbread for the families.

“When they first got here they were kind of nervous, and now they're just laughing, it’s amazing,” Hannah Sturgis, a volunteer said.

Hilward hopes to continue the gingerbread-making tradition, and hopes it will be inside her own home this January.