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Public's storm aid valued in cleanup

Greetings! I give thanks to God for bringing wonderful people to Citrus County. I am proud to be associated with the caring people in this community who rallied to the aid of the victims of Hurricane Charley.

Habitat for Humanity's regional office coordinated relief efforts to those counties afflicted by storms. The local affiliate of Charlotte County was involved in the overall disaster relief efforts in their area. Upon hearing of the devastation, we called to see what kind of help we could provide. We had roofing materials on hand at our home store that we were ready and willing to send. Following the initial damage assessment, the regional office told us that they needed 16- by 20-foot tarps.

We called upon our community to help us provide tarps to Charlotte County. In one and a half days we raised enough money to provide 100 tarps! Plus the Charlotte County affiliate purchased 100 tarps. The Ace Hardware in Homosassa came to our aid and provided us with 200 tarps on very short notice, and for only $15 each.

Habitat for Humanity of Lake County loaned its 25-foot truck to be loaded with the roofing materials and supplies. I'm proud to say that we were able to fill that truck completely!

Thanks to caring residents of Citrus County all this was possible. Let us pray for all those who have been affected by this awful hurricane season.

In order for us to continue to uplift God's people in need, we need your support. Won't you please search your hearts? Send your donation today. Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, P.O. Box 1041 Crystal River, FL 34423-1041. Please check the Web site frequently for news and information:

Editor's note: This monthly article is provided by Lorna Nimmo, executive director Habitat for Humanity of Citrus County, Inc. Contact her by e-mail or call 563-2744.