Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood help Denver neighborhood

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DENVER - Wearing her pink construction work boots and a baseball hat on backwards, country music super star Trisha Yearwood arrived at Denver International Airport Tuesday evening. Her husband, Garth Brooks, was right beside her. They are a team, and they are in Colorado to work.

"We've been looking forward to this since last year," Garth Brooks said.

The couple has sold an estimated 81 million albums between them. They are also the couple that has spent six years volunteering on Habitat for Humanity construction sites for the President Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project.

They say the most fulfilling part is getting to know the families who will live in the homes they help build.

"They are always so hard working," Yearwood said. "It makes you feel wonderful to be a part of it, at a time when there isn't a lot to feel good about."

Brooks says the dedication of the Habitat partner families amazes him.

"They put in incredible sweat equity. It is a 500 hour minimum," Brooks said.

The recipients then buy the homes at full cost, but at 0 percent interest.

There have been about 400 volunteers on the Carter Work Project build site in the northwest neighborhood of Globeville. Eleven new townhomes are being built at the corner of East 51st Avenue and Sherman Street. Critical repairs are being made to 15 other properties.

"I can tell you why there are 400 volunteers out there every day," Brooks said. "You take away more than you put in, you just do."

"There is no difference between race and religion out there. No one cares if you are a Democrat or Republican," Yearwood said. "It is about coming together as human hearts, and it is about love."

The pair has become very accomplished builders. They are known as some of the hardest workers on site. But no one argues who sets the fastest pace.

At 89 years old, former President Jimmy Carter continues to earn the reputation as the toughest foreman around.

It was certainly true in Haiti last fall, when President Carter announced exclusively to 9NEWS that he'd selected Denver as the 2013 Carter Work Project location.

It was some positive news after Colorado endured a summer of wild fires and the tragedy at the Aurora movie theatre.

"And now the floods," Brooks said. "You keep bouncing back. There is something magical about this place. I think your faith is strong here and I think it shows

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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