Women Build Week
Working in and around mist, sprinkles, rain showers, and terrific thunderstorms, 40 pink-shirted volunteers spent two Saturdays working on Mrs. Luper’s house and yard.
She regained about 25% of her backyard that had been overgrown by wild brush and hedges. She now has a new, sturdy front porch roof, eaves that are boxed in, and re-caulked windows.
If it ever quits raining, we’ll repair the siding, window sills, and underpinning, and then paint, paint, paint.
Thank you, Sue and Cigna!
In celebration of Cigna’s new brand message, “Together, All the Way,” Cigna employees were asked to tell a story about how they partner with their favorite charity. Employees then voted on those stories, and Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County was selected as a winner, based on an entry by a local Cigna employee.
Sue Barthel wrote about her ongoing volunteer experience with Habitat for Humanity, and Habitat received a one-time $1000 grant from the Cigna Foundation. Part of Sue’s entry reads as follows:
“It’s heart-warming to see the way these homeowners lovingly check that all the windows and doors are locked at the end of a work day. To see the amazing pride and protectiveness they feel for their new homes, long before they’re ready for occupancy. It humbly reminds me how truly lucky I am.”
Family In, House Done!
Solomon and Kodi Miller, Hollis and Vivika have been waiting a long time for a home of their own. And what a home it is! Their new Habitat house has all the standard features- open floor plan, full bathrooms, an exterior storage building-plus extras.
This house is built to meet Energy Star standards, meaning that it is 15% more efficient than local standards require; it meets “visitability” standards, meaning that the doorways and hallways are wide enough for wheelchair, walker, and stroller use. Its fiber-cement siding means that termites, rot, fire, and wind won’t stand a chance against this house! This is Habitat’s 30th house in Grayson County and our 15th Habitat house in Denison.
Click here to watch a wonderful video of the house dedication.
Amazon + Habitat = Lots of Smiles!
Millions of people are Amazon shoppers! The new AmazonSmiles program provides a way for Amazon to give back a portion (0.5%) of your shopping dollar to the charity of your choice.
Here’s how it works: When you want to make a purchase at Amazon, don’t go to amazon.com! Instead, go to www.smile.amazon.com. You will be asked which charity you want to support. Type in Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County. Then, shop as usual. Everything else about shopping is the same– your discounts, free shipping, and any of your other perks. We will receive a check once a quarter based on supporters’ purchases. You might want to bookmark it!
A big ATTA BOY to Greg Thomas, Habitat crew chief and recipient of the 2014 Founders Community Service Award. Greg was one of ten individuals at TI worldwide to receive the award because of his extensive service to Habitat for Humanity, dating back 13 years. As part of the award, TI sent a donation of $1,000 to the charity of his choice—Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, naturally!
TI Deputy Fab Manager Heidi Means, Greg Thomas, Habitat
board president Dan Stenger, and TI Plant Manager Sam Ciani were on hand for the hand off.
Panda Express Delivered!
Habitat supporters dined at Panda Express and Panda did the WOK! Panda donated 20% of diners’ pre-tax purchases and presented a check for $397.00 to our affiliate. That’s a lot of egg rolls. Thanks, Panda Express!
Your donated car can help build a house!
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There’s almost nothing better than curling up with a good book on a chilly day, especially with one of Diana Cosby’s romantic suspense novels set in medieval Scotland. But one thing even better is building a warm, safe, and secure Habitat house for a deserving family. It gives families more than just a home; it provides a foundation on which to start their future and build their dreams.
Diana’s readers are working to build such a house. As readers send contributions to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, watch the bookshelf fill with every donation. The goal is to fund an entire home – $55,000, in order to start construction on a new house of dreams. Send your donation via PayPal using the Donate button below or donate funds the old-fashioned way—a check works just fine!
Send checks to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County, P.O. Box 2725, Sherman, TX 75091.
Kroger donations—Help Build Homes!
Are you a Kroger shopper? Kroger will be giving away $1.5 million to local non-profit organizations this year, and we are excited to be one of them, thanks to local Habitat supporters who link their Kroger Plus Shoppers Card to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County.
To enroll, visit Kroger’s website at www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com to set up an account, register your Kroger Plus Card, and link your card to Habitat for Humanity. Anytime you shop at Kroger using your card, you will accumulate points for Habitat. Our group number is 81153. Linking your card to Habitat does not affect your in-store or gas discounts!
We have been a part of the Kroger Rewards program since 1995 and have received more than $30,000 in funding thanks to Kroger and Habitat supporters. Please register your Kroger Plus card online today.