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Country's Garth Brooks Skips CMAs to Build Homes in Haiti

LEOGANE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Country music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood skipped the Country Music Awards to swing hammers with Habitat for Humanity in Haiti.

They were among the 500 volunteers who helped to build 100 homes in partnership with families affected by the 2010 earthquake. The build is a part of the 28th annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

The two stars took a break from construction site duties to stage an impromptu acoustic concert for fellow workers on Wednesday evening.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010 caused widespread devastation, destroying 105,000 homes. Habitat's Carter Work Project is being held in Haiti in 2011 and 2012 to build homes and raise awareness of the need for ongoing support for Haiti's recovery.

Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God's love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow them at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat's blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

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