“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families affected by this terrible disaster,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “Habitat has a long history in this area, and we're committed to being there over the long term to help low-income families repair and rebuild their homes and to support communities as they make a new start.”
Meanwhile, the usual work of Habitat continues.
‘Landing the Dream'
The tornadoes struck just as Central Habitat for Humanity was starting its “Landing the Dream” campaign to raise $900,000 to buy a large parcel of land on Council Road near Wilshire Boulevard — enough for nearly 140 homes.
“We are excited about the possibilities this property represents and are asking for an outpouring of generosity and compassion to raise the purchase price,” Felton Gilliland wrote in an appeal letter. “We are asking you to help us provide a hand up — not a hand out — to hardworking, limited-income families who are willing to put in the sweat equity required to purchase a home from Central Oklahoma Habitat with a zero-interest loan and affordable monthly payments.”
She added, “We don't want to miss this wonderful opportunity. We have searched diligently for suitable home sites and are truly overjoyed to find such an ideal parcel of land. We believe this location will provide a safe, secure neighborhood for families and the opportunity for their children to attend the excellent Putnam City schools. Your contribution to Landing the Dream will help change the lives and futures of families forever through homeownership.”
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How to help
To make a donation to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity online, go to www.cohfh.org and click on “Donate to Oklahoma Tornado Victims.” For more information about rebuilding in the tornado-stricken area or Habitat's work in general, call 232-4828, or email Ann Felton Gilliland at AnnFelton@cohfh.org; or James Lamey at firstname.lastname@example.org; or Christi Roney at Christi.