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Non-profit helps accomplish Sandy Hook victim's dream

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The family is currently renovating a historic Newtown barn with the help of the organization Rescue Rebuild. (WFSB) The family is currently renovating a historic Newtown barn with the help of the organization Rescue Rebuild. (WFSB)
NEWTOWN, CT (WFSB) -

The dreams of a Sandy Hook victim are coming true thanks to a national rebuilding charity.

Catherine Hubbard dreamed of one day building an animal sanctuary to help abandoned and neglected animals.

That dream is now close to coming true.

Hubbard's family is currently renovating a historic Newtown barn with the help of the organization Rescue Rebuild.

The organization assists in the creation of animal shelters all around the country.

Soon, the barn will become the animal haven that Hubbard dreamed of.

Her mother said she can still feel her daughter's passion for the project..

"There is no doubt in my mind, she is giddy. She has got to be giddy, because this is perfect," said Hubbard.

The family has big plans for the 35-acre property, but first they have to repair years of neglect.

The barn was likely built at some point between 1915 and 1925 before it was abandoned in the 1990's.

Bryn Donnelly is a member of Rescue Rebuild, the organization helping with the project.

"The barn was starting to rot, so our big thing was try to stop the rot, try to get it waterproof so we can save it for another day and get it ready for what they want to do," said Donnelly.

For the next two days, volunteers will work on demolition of the barn's interior and clean-up.

"The vision for what the Hubbard's would like to do for this place is amazing. So it's just a real honor to be a part of it," said Donnelly.

The family hopes the property will serve multiple purposes as a no-kill shelter, farm animal refuge and will provide programs for school field trips.

Although this is their daughter's dream, they said the project wouldn't be possible without the organization's volunteers.

"They put their lives on hold for us. And just, it's another example of the goodness and kindness of people who come together, and help us realize Catherine's dream," said Hubbard.

The organization is looking for more volunteers for Friday and Saturday.

The next phase of the project will begin in the fall. The Hubbard's plan to insulate the barn and the final vision for the space will be plotted out.

Anyone interested in volunteering can visit Rescue Rebuild's website.

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