NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) - A new home for a boy who's faced hardships and family tragedy.
We first met then-ten year old Brandon Williams last August after a pit bull attack, where his ears were chewed off.
A few weeks ago, his mother died.
With medical and funeral expenses coming in, the bills are piling up.
But Brandon's dad says with people coming in from all around the country to help build a new house for the family, it's hard to feel alone.
Today was the first time Tony Williams has seen his family's new home.
"I don't believe it's going on. I sit up here, I touch it, I can see it. But you still don't believe it's happening," said Williams.
The yard is covered with wood, mud, and cinderblocks. But Williams envisions Brandon and his friends playing in the backyard and video gaming in the basement when it's all done.
"It's amazing, it's God-sent. It shows you there's a lot of good people right here on earth," said Williams.
It's a project led by Cosby-based Sunset Gap Community Center, which donated the land and is recruiting volunteers from across the country to build the house.
No construction going right now, but we caught up with the builders on their other site. Executive Director Josh Dunn says the Williams' house will mean a fun, safe childhood for Brandon.
"He's guaranteed a good, safe environment to grow up in, something he can call his and his home the rest of his life," said Dunn.
Brandon's dad is thrilled about the construction, but still in shock that his wife won't be moving in with them.
"It's rough because you rely on someone so much and get attached to them, then they're gone. You try to replace it, but you can't," said Williams.
But the hundreds of helpers prove his family is still on the minds of many and that to them, he is family.
The community has already raised more than $30,000 to help build the house, and next month, there will be an auction to help with funeral expenses.
And good news for Brandon. He's scheduled to have reconstructive surgery on his ears in August.