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August 10, 1999

This already is an historic year for the Perry Area Habitat for Humanity and there's still more to come. In June the fledgling organization had a ground-breaking ceremony for the new home of Jeffery and Melinda Dunn on Maple Street. This is the first Habitat home project undertaken by the group. Also, substantial financial gifts were received from the Christian Church of Oklahoma and the Aid Association of Lutherans, represented by our local Christ Lutheran Church. In addition, the Perry area group qualified for a $500 grant from Habitat for Humanity International by becoming a new affiliate. All these contributions, and those that came earlier, were gratefully received.

On Saturday, August 14, the local group will sponsor a fund-raising dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christ Lutheran church. On the menu will be barbecued beef, baked potato, baked beans, salad and cake. The price for adults will be $6 and children under 12 will pay $4.50. Youngsters may choose hot dogs if they prefer. If you want to partake, you'll have to buy tickets in advance; none will be sold at the door. Only 200 tickets will be sold, so act now to be sure you'll be served at this very worthwhile event. Gary Snyder is donating his time, to smoke the meat for the dinner.

Habitat for Humanity is just getting started here but it has done some marvelous things in other communities. In due time we will all become more aware of the organization's benevolence as their program develops. Meantime, it needs our help in the form of cash gifts and in many other ways.

The Development Committee, headed by Arlan Houghton, is arranging the benefit dinner. He needs assistance in selling tickets for the dinner, providing salads or cakes, sour cream, tubs of margarine, pickles, and workers for the day and evening of the meal. He wants kitchen help and folks to help set up chairs and tables, plus the other numerous chores associated with such events. If you are available, call Arlan or Mary Jo Houghton at 336-9249 or Miriam Lambert at 336-2883. Officers this year are Rich Lambert, president; Ed Warner, vice president; Jo Johnson, secretary; Clyde Beckner, treasurer; Jim Lemon, building committee chairman; Arlan Houghton, development committee chairman; Miriam Lambert, family nurture committee chairman; Janet Smith, family selection committee chairman; Mary Jo Houghton, public relations committee chairman; Isaac Williams, site selection committee chairman; and other directors are Mike Flynn, Jim Thompson, Verna Skouby, Lynn Scott and Kim Sheets.

All of us can become partners in the Habitat for Humanity program. As you can see, not everyone has to be skilled with a hammer and saw to join in these eminently worthwhile projects. Even moral support is welcome. Just let them knew about it. There are dozens of chores to be handled. Those men and women who are already involved are contributing to their fellow human beings in a very real, very practical way.

If you want to be a part of this noble effort, call one of the numbers listed above and find out where you can help. You'll feel better for having done so.