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May 26, 2013

Habitat for Humanity asking for long-term support of relief efforts

NORMAN — Untold numbers of central Oklahomans who lost their homes will soon begin the process of rebuilding.

Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is challenging the community to provide long-term aid for storm victims by contributing to efforts that will provide many of these Oklahomans with homes.

Habitat is asking for donations that will go to meet the need of these families who will require safe, affordable places to live.

Many uninsured or underinsured tornado victims may not be able to afford to rebuild on their own.

Habitat will initiate construction on homes for these future Habitat homeowners within the next year, and the organization anticipates a great need for donations for an undertaking of this magnitude.

“It has been so heartening to see our neighbors coming together to respond so quickly to communities affected by this week’s storms,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “We’re challenging the public to show a long-term commitment to rebuilding efforts by helping provide their fellow Oklahomans with one of life’s most precious necessities: a safe, affordable place to call home.”

Those interested in making a donation, volunteering or learning more about Habitat’s efforts are encouraged to contact Felton Gilliland at AnnFelton@cohfh.org, James Lamey atjames.lamey@cohfh.org or Christi Roney at Christi.roney@cohfh.org or call 232-4828.

Secure donations can also be made online at www.cohfh.org by clicking “Donate to Oklahoma Tornado Victims.”

Habitat is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry with the mission of providing affordable housing for hard-working, limited-income families.

Homes are sold at cost and without interest to families that undergo an application process and are willing to meet certain requirements, such as volunteering at least 300 hours of “sweat equity.”

In addition to the monetary donations that would go toward home building efforts, Habitat accepts in-kind donations from corporations able to provide roofing, plumbing, drywall, lumber and other materials it takes to build a home.

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