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September 6, 2005

Americus - Volunteers will rebuild thousands of homes beginning as early as this month.

It took just seconds for homes to be wiped out in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, but it will take years to rebuild them. Habitat Spokesperson, Molly Parrish, says, "We're going to do what we can to get everyone back in a home as soon as possible."

Habitat for Humanity International is launching "Operation Home Delivery", a campaign to rebuild thousands of homes, but they need money and volunteers in order to deliver.

Parrish says, "We're hoping they just pour in. Once we are able to do that we'll start what we're calling home in a box." Housing frames will be built all over the country and shipped to the Gulf Coast for quick assembly. They will be standard habitat homes, between 1100 and 1300 square feet, two to three bedrooms.

She says, "Very typical habitat home, but for these homeowners, it will be better than what they have right now." And for many, a glance at a better future.

"These people, obviously, have lost more than just a home," says Parrish, "so our plan is, as other organizations are helping with their immediate needs, we're hoping to get the long term process and help them grieve and get back on the road to success."

A road that may be well-worn and long winding, but, will eventually lead them home. If you would like to donate time or money to the project, contact Habitat for Humanity at 1-800-habitat.

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