Habitat for Humanity
Actress Melissa Gilbert recently joined Habitat for Humanity New York City to build a co-op apartment in the South Bronx.
Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls in the T.V. version of “Little House on the Prairie”, will star as Ma Ingalls in a live musical adaptation of Little House, which begins a 34-week, 25-city tour in October.
Gilbert’s work in the Bronx is part of a deal made by the cast and crew to help local Habitat for Humanity affiliates build homes on each stop of the tour. The show will also donate $1,500 to each local Habitat chapter along the way.
Habitat for Humanity chief Jonathan Reckford said the struggles of the fictional Ingalls family in difficult conditions parallel challenges many families face today.