Habitat for Humanity builds a different kind of house

WAUKESHA COUNTY -- Habitat for Humanity is working on building a different kind of house in Waukesha County.

The Habitat Restore is making gingerbread homes. 

Professional bakers, amateurs, business owners and students came together to create the dessert houses. This is their third annual gingerbread event and all the money raised goes back to Habitat for Humanity.

"People can come in and vote for their fan favorite and they can purchase the gingerbread homes  that are for sale," said Diane McGeen with Habitat for Humanity Waukesha County.  "Last year we put 6 families into homes. This year,  we're looking to put 8 to 10 families into homes of their own."

Habitat for Humanity is known for changing lives one house at a time, but there are a lot of non-profits looking to cash in on Giving Tuesday.

If you plan on giving, experts give this advice:

  • double-check the organization. Make sure it's not a fake 
  • don't donate cash
  • don't feel pressured by phone calls
  • donate securely
  • never give out your social security number or birth date.

Giving Tuesday started six years ago. It's fueled by social media. 

2016 reports show #GivingTuesday sparked $168 million in donations worldwide, topping the previous year's tally by nearly 44%.

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