MOORE — Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity has announced plans to continue their support of long-term rebuilding efforts that will benefit victims of the May tornadoes. In addition to soliciting donations from corporations and individuals to help rebuild and repair homes, the organization itself is donating all proceeds from sales at their Renovation Station stores to fund new construction and repairs for tornado victims now through Aug. 31.
“We are pleased to do our part for those who lost their homes and are facing a long road ahead to rebuilding their lives,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, chairman and of CEO Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity. “Not only will we stand beside these families to reconstruct or repair their homes, we will also help with the funding that is so seriously needed. We are proud that 100 percent of all monetary donations we receive go directly to building homes for families in need.”
Renovation Stations are retail stores operated by Habitat that sell new, used and vintage building supplies and materials, appliances, furniture, and other household items to the public. There are two Renovation Stations in Oklahoma City, located at 1800 N. Broadway Ave. and 2805 S.W. 29th St. While supplies last, these locations are offering a free Rebuild Kit with each donation of $10 or more. These kits contain an industrial 17-inch aluminum dust pan, professional rip hammer, multipurpose folding knife, duct tape, gloves and a small duffel bag.
In May, Habitat issued a challenge to the public to help rebuild homes for tornado victims whose homes were uninsured or underinsured. The organization would like to help as many as families as possible throughout the areas affected by the tornadoes.
“Central Oklahomans have banded together to support our neighbors in need, but there are still long-term rebuilding efforts necessary to ensure that these tornado victims have safe, affordable housing,” Felton said. “Habitat will begin new construction and repair projects for many of these families within the next year.”
Habitat 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.” Special arrangements such as the reduction of required volunteer hours may be available for qualified applicants who are also tornado victims.
For more information on volunteering or making a donation to help build and repair homes for tornado victims, visit cohfh.org or call (405) 232-4828.