Jimmie Johnson helps Habitat for Humanity build in hometown El Cajon

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EL CAJON, Calif. -- NASCAR racing champion and El Cajon native Jimmie Johnson paid a visit to his hometown Tuesday morning to present Habitat for Humanity a check for $100,000.

Around 400 volunteers Monday began helping Habitat for Humanity with a home-building blitz in San Diego’s east county, hoping to construct four houses in five days for needy families.

Johnson contributed $50,000. The rest was matched by Lowes home improvement store.

“San Diego is where I am from and there is no place like home and we love to support home,” said Johnson.

Johnson has been involved with the foundation since 2009. He helped built four additional homes across from the homes currently under construction.

“To know that we are helping families and we are helping children…that’s really been the focal point for the Jimmy Johnson Foundation. We really focus on communities and children,” said Johnson.

Habitat for Humanity pre-selected four families in need for the program and each will contribute 33 percent of their income towards their new mortgage.

“In California it’s very hard to have a house, work, pay for daycare. I always dreamed for a house but never knew it would happen,” said single mother of two, Zeyna Ali.

Volunteer crews began working Monday and are expected to finish all four homes by Sunday.

Within the first two days, workers finished the framework, electricity, mechanical and window installation.

Their goal is present the first home to a family on Friday.

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  • Etime Soy

    JJ would do better to reinvest these monies into his dealership, in the way of better customer service, better mechanical/electrical service, and more reasonable prices. Quality kind of sucks Jimmie.

  • Tony Martinez

    $50,000, you must be kidding. With the multi millions of dollars Jimmie Johnson is worth, that’s all he’s willing to donate. I find it insulting. He claims San Diego as his home, but bailed out after becoming wealthy. You’re not fooling me Jimmie, we all know that your home is North Carolina.

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