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Oklahoma City family begins building home with Habitat for Humanity

Thanks to an $80,000 donation and volunteers from Christ the King Church, an Oklahoma City family will have a new home in a few months.
BY NASREEN IQBAL Modified: September 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm •  Published: September 23, 2012

“Sometimes we'll have one organization donating and separate individuals volunteering, but this time for the most part it's all them. Christ the King is providing the donation as well as the volunteers,” she said.

The Rev. Rick Stansberry, the church's pastor, said the idea to partner with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity came after he realized the substandard conditions many Oklahomans live in.

“When I was serving another church, I would visit people's homes to do anointment or communion and I realized that so many people live in substandard conditions. I know that we can't solve the world's problems but one thing we can do is give some people safe and decent homes to live in.”

Stansberry said parishioners responded strongly to the idea, and they raised the $80,000.

“It's all from the parish,” Stansberry said. “I think people really like the idea of actively giving back.”

Christ the King church member Louis Gasbarra, 34, said he has been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity since he was 16 years old.

“I think it's a charity that helps people who are trying to help themselves, they truly give a hand up and not a hand out,” he said.

“I'll always remember this,” Adil said. “When someone helps you out like this, it just makes you want to help others as much as you can.”