CARNEY — Home for the holidays takes on new meaning for a Carney family whose house was destroyed by the May 19 tornado.
Jeremy and Jessica Knox and their four boys — Gage, 6; Caden, 7; Austin, 13; and Keith, 16 — receive the keys to their new home this week during a dedication ceremony by Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. The home was built with funding provided by Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.
The Knox family plans to celebrate by having their first Christmas breakfast in the new home, which they are buying from Habitat with an interest-free mortgage.
“The kids are excited about it. We all are,” said Jeremy Knox, owner of OK Custom Auto in Carney, about 45 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
“This has been pretty tough on the kids. We'll be glad to move in so they can feel whole again,” Knox said.
The Knox home was a “blitz build” sponsored by Hobby Lobby.
Volunteers from Hobby Lobby, local churches and Central Oklahoma Habitat started framing the home Nov. 16. Hobby Lobby pledged $1 million for tornado relief in late May.
“We've had a lot of volunteers. Everyone is moving fast,” Knox said. “It's been a real quick build.”
Corporate donors and partners make the blitz builds possible, said Ann Felton Gilliland, president and CEO of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
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The kids are excited about it. We all are. This has been pretty tough on the kids. We'll be glad to move in so they can feel whole again.”
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