DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES stars Doug Savant and Jesse Metcalfe were up before dawn yesterday (28SEP05) helping to build homes in Burbank, California.

The stars of the hit US TV show were among the celebrity volunteers helping erect homes for charity Habitat For Humanity.

While the actors were banging and sawing in California, Jessica Alba, Cynthia Nixon and Brooke Shields were on hand in New York for another Habitat For Humanity building project.

The celebrities who take time out to help build the new homes for the homeless families, who work alongside them, are being asked to sign the walls they put up.