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Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser for 70th home being built

Habitat for Humanity holds fundraiser for 70th home being built

By Shannon Myers
Correspondent

Saturday, the Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity hosted their first Family Fun Day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carl Levin Park in Harker Heights.
The free event had 25 vendors selling a variety of products from Tupperware to children’s books and cool treats to offset the hot midsummer sun. Ten percent of the proceeds from the vendors went towards Habitat in their efforts to raise funds for Andy’s house.
“We’re raising awareness for Habitat and at the same time, we are fundraising for his home…We’re going to do one (Family Fun Day) a month for the next couple of months. For one, to raise awareness. People have kind of forgotten that we exist in this area, and to recruit volunteers, and to raise more funds,” said Melissa Cates, outreach and development coordinator for Habitat of Humanity.
The Family Fun Day was sponsored by Baylor Scott & White and was the first fundraiser for Andy’s house. Andy’s ground breaking ceremony will be in Killeen on August 13th. The home for Andy will be the 70th house Habitat has built in the area.
Fort Hood Area Habitat serves Coryell, Bell, and Lampasas counties. Habitat is scheduled to build 17 houses within the next 18-24 months.
Along with the vendors, the family event had many activities such as football throw, bounce houses, ladder toss, balloon pop, fishing for ducks, and others.
“We like to support the community and the kids love going to the park, they love the activities. I love how the different businesses and organizations are coming together to support the community with different activities, it keeps them involved and keeps everybody interacting in different forms,” said Cathy Strong, resident of Killeen, who brought her niece, Curissa Brown who had ballerina shoes painted on her cheek by Mrs. Fort Hood, Jennifer Rutner.
Another activity provided by one of the vendors was painting pottery by new Killeen business, Ark Pottery Expressions.
“We saw it was all about family fun and that’s really what our store is all about. We thought it would be a perfect addition to the event. Besides the donations, I think it’s a great way to get that organization known. Not a lot of people know about it, what it’s for, or what they provide, or the good it does for the community,” said Ark Pottery employee, Ayasha Mays.
Harker Heights resident, Carlos Barnes came accompanied by four children came to the park to enjoy the summer afternoon and were pleasantly surprised to find the event.
“It’s kinda cool that they are coming out here on the weekend, doing this whole thing for us. It’s really fun,” said Olivia Barnes, 12.
The next Family Fun Day will be on August 27th at the Killeen Community Center Park.

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