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World Habitat for Humanity Day Appreciated in Ardmore

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ARDMORE, OK-- When you hear about volunteering you may think you're just too busy, but this story will make you think about making time to help someone else. Monday, October 4th is World Habitat for Humanity Day. The non-profit organization strives to build safe, affordable places to live. Meredith Saldana has more on this story.

Last year alone, two Habitat for Humanity houses were built in Ardmore, 160,000 homes were built worldwide and officials say it's not a handout, but a hand up.     

For many people, owning their own home seems impossible, but Habitat for Humanity is working hard to change that.  

Leroy Taylor received his family's first home in July, "As far as the home, I couldn't ask for anything, it was a blessing from God to tell you the truth. It was one of my prayers being answered."     

Just 3 years ago, Leroy Taylor didn't even know Habitat for Humanity existed, but after hearing about the program he applied, hoping to be approved for his first home.

"It was, wow, probably 9 months later, something in that area. I got a letter of approval and I thought wow and I thought thank you God."     

In July, the Taylor family moved into their dream home.     

Cole Tidwell, the Director of Ardmore's Habitat for Humanity, says the program is far from a handout.

In fact, the homeowners put in quite a bit of work.  

"Each family puts in 300 hours of what we call sweat equity," says Tidwell. "They may not ever have the money to build a new home but by putting their own effort in then we're able to build them a house.'

While it's rewarding for the homeowner, it seems it's just as rewarding to the members and volunteers who help make someone else's dream come true.  

"When you hand the keys to a new family and you see how happy they are and how thrilled they are to have something that's their own," says Tidwell.

Taylor adds, "I just know that the next people, whomever they maybe that gets a Habitat Home they will feel, they will feel like we do."

For more information, contact the Ardmore Habitat for Humanity office at 580-223-1540 or you can visit their web site at http://www.ardmorehabitatforhumanity.org/Index.asp.

-Meredith Saldana, KTEN News

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