Reality Stars Help Make Topeka Habitat Home Reality For Family

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Reality show stars helped make a home a reality for a Topeka family.

Several winners and contestants from CBS reality shows volunteered their time Friday with Topeka Habitat for Humanity. They took part in a build day at the 1717 SW Sieben site, where Habitat's largest Toeka project to date is underway.

Survivor winners Danni Boatwright, Richard Hatch, Tina Wesson and Bob Crowley were all there, along with Brendan and Rachel from Big Brother and Amazing Race, fellow Big Brother players Andy and Elissa, and Cindy and Jordan, who won Amazing Race in separate seasons.

Despite the heat, everyone in the group said they were more than happy to lend a hand.

"I'm obligated the same way (the others in the group) are - because we like to do it," Crowley said. "We're not obligated to do it, but, morally, we are."

"It's great because (Survivor) did open up the door to be able to do a lot of charity work, which, you know, is near and dear to my heart, especially when we can do something like this and help with Habitat for Humanity," said Boatwright, who is from Tonganoxie and now lives in the Kansas City area.

"This is the rewarding part for us," Hatch, who won the first season of Survivor, added. "There's a lot of crap that comes with being on a reality show but the good parts, like (volunteering for Habitat), being able to do these kinds of things, really, really outweigh that."

Many of the reality stars were slated to attend a fundraiser for Topeka Habitiat Saturday.

WIBW-TV and Thrivent Financial are partnering with Habitat on the house for the Munganga family, consisting of Bora, Jeanne and their six children. It should be complete by mid-September.

Posted by Melissa Brunner