Family receives house for Christmas

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A family was surprised with the ultimate Christmas gift: a house.

Pamela St. John and James Ponder thought they were interviewing for a home giveaway in the Ivanhoe neighborhood.

"I thought it was going to be the same as last year. We were in the running last year but we didn't make it," says Ponder.

St. John and Ponder have been together for more than 20 years. They raise three kids. And have also battled homelessness until now.

Jackson County's Constructing Futures is a home giveaway program. And it's the reason the family received new house keys.

"I'm just excited about our washer and dryer. For us to not have to go to a Laundromat to was clothes, it's a blessing," says Ponder.

"I usually let the dishes pile up before I do them. And that won't be a problem anymore," says Jarron Ponder, his son.

There's a little bit of everything for everyone in this house.

It just needs a personal touch.

"I'm going to hang pictures, that's what I'm going to do," says St. John.

This is the sixth home the program has given away.

The county partnered with Habitat for Humanity to remodel the vacant homes in the area.