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‘Home for the Holidays’ Oct. 20

Habitat for Humanity of Harrison County hopes it has found a unique way to raise funds to help support its project of providing affordable homes.
‘Home for the Holidays’ will offer new and gently used Christmas items for sale, and there will be an auction of several completely decorated artificial Christmas trees.
The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Corydon Presbyterian Church, with the live auction taking place from 1 to 2 p.m.
Sharon Hinkle said Habitat intends to make Home for the Holidays its signature event, as it’s the type of fundraiser that no other organization seems to be doing.
The decorated trees, ranging in size from four-foot to taller, are being donated by area businesses and individuals. Community First Bank in Corydon currently has its tree on display in the lobby of the branch at 900 Highway 62 NW. Hinkle said Jacobi’s is using a tractor theme for its tree.
Businesses donating trees are being asked to keep all the boxes so the successful bidders can pack up their purchase to take it home.
Also during the day, concessions will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Caesars Indiana will provide hot dogs, potato soup, dessert and drinks; a free-will offering will be collected.
Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1976, and Harrison County was approved as an affiliate chapter in 2000. The not-for-profit, ecumenical Christian organization is committed to helping build affordable homes. More than 85,000 homes in the United States and 60 other countries have been built or rehabilitated since 1976.
Harrison County built its first home in 2003 in Corydon. A second house followed in Corydon a short time later. Two houses, both in Palmyra, were dedicated last year, and a fifth house, located in Corydon, is nearing completion.
The next house will be built in Laconia.
‘We don’t just build houses and give them away,’ Hinkle said.
To be selected as a Habitat homeowner, applicants must first meet three requirements: Have a need for decent housing; have the ability to repay a no-interest loan; and have a willingness to become partners in the program, which requires them to help with such things as the construction process. A family selection committee then reviews eligible applicants. Those selected to be homeowners must attend classes, such as one on budgeting.
Persons interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner should contact Shirley Raymond at Harrison County Community Services in Corydon. Her phone number is 738-8143.
Ian Thomson, director of the Harrison County Habitat board, said they are looking for new members to serve on a variety of committees, including fundraising/public relations, family selection and support, construction, and volunteer and church relations. A 12-member board oversees the local chapter. Its current president is Bill Harrod.
Thomson and Hinkle said it’s the support of the Harrison County Community Foundation, Harrison County Community Services, numerous businesses and churches that have helped sustain the organization by discounting or donating materials and providing funding. Hours of labor have been donated to actually build each house from scratch. And for those who aren’t handy with tools, they have helped by providing meals to the workers. Thomson said there is always a need for food for the laborers, who work mostly on Saturdays.
The current house, being built off Franklin Street, is in need of volunteers to help with the drywall and plastering. Thomson said they hope to dedicate the house in November for Ruby Stewart, the Lanesville woman who was selected as the homeowner.
Items are still be collected for the sale. Hinkle said they would like to have all donations by next Wednesday. To donate gently used Christmas items or a decorated tree, contact Raymond at 738-8143.