"It's like your presence is somehow helping in some small way to be part of something great for someone."
On Saturday December 4, several members of the General Hospital cast gathered in Lynwood, California for The House That General Hospital Fans Built event. Together with Habitat for Humanity, fans who registered were able to work alongside their favorite Port Charles residents to help build a 10-unit development for 10 families, who are expected to move into their new homes in early 2011.
Soaps.com was on hand at the 2nd Annual House That General Hospital Fans Built, which is the baby of Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) and Brandon Barash (Johnny), who helped gather the rest of their castmates to participate. As the fans readied to start their morning, Brandon and Lisa addressed the crowd to thank them for donating their money and time for such a worthy cause. Brandon expressed his excitement over seeing the walls they built last year incorporated into the houses they would be working on that day. He marveled at the generosity of the fans, saying, "These aren't easy times economically and asking for time off of work and it being the holidays and plane tickets, etcetera, it means a lot to all of us that you took the time and money. So, thank you. We're a smaller group this year, but weâ€™re mighty, damn it and we're going to make it happen. Thank you so much."
After the introductions, the fans met with the cast member they would be working with and then met with their crew leader to get their instructions for the day. Some painted, some built cabinets and others used some sort of machine to pound down the dirt. Little Lexi Ainsworth (Kristina) mastered this machine that looked bigger than her. As we casually talked, she said using that machine was the highlight of her experience, even if her muscles felt a little numb afterwards.