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Turning passion into presents

By By Adrienne McKenzie
Atmore’s David Brown has a day construction job, owns a concrete business and attends church each Sunday, but does not let his busy life interfere with what makes him and others happy.
Brown has a passion for handcrafting birdhouses out of scrap wood and when he has made an abundance of birdhouses, he donates them to various organizations in order to see people smile.
Brown said he has been building birdhouses for several years, but just started donating them about eight months ago.
The last time Brown made a donation, he gave 157 birdhouses away. Seventy-seven birdhouses were given to Wilmer Hall, a children’s center in Mobile; 40 were given to the Poarch SAIL Center and another 40 were given to the Oakwood Nursing Home in Bay Minette.
Brown said although he could make money off of his birdhouses, he does not want to sell them.
Once a birdhouse is donated, Brown said the recipient is free to do with it whatever they like.
Brown said he enjoys giving away his birdhouses to various organizations.
Brown is a member of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church in Poarch and pastoral leader Milledge Baker said Brown’s unique passion was great for the children at Wilmer Hall, as well as the many other places birdhouses were donated.
According to Baker, Wilmer Hall operates on donations alone and the other facilities will use the birdhouses in a similar manner.
Brown works at Stuart Contracting in Bay Minette during the day. After he gets off work he does not sit down and relax, according to Baker.
Brown can be contacted at lilcreeksquaw4u@yahoo.com for birdhouse donation information.