Habitat for Humanity celebrates East Texas Giving Day with Veteran Build event


Tuesday, April 30, is designated as East Texas Giving Day. This day is meant to bring the region together as one community, raising money and awareness for local nonprofits during an 18-hour online giving challenge.

Habitat for Humanity Texarkana, Nash Mayor Robert Bunch, and representatives from USDA Rural Development and the City of Nash gathered together with community members to celebrate Giving Day with the groundbreaking of the first Veterans Build Habitat House in Nash, TX. Veterans Build is a Habitat for Humanity initiative that empowers military and veteran families in over 100 communities throughout the country to achieve the strength, stability, and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves.

Mayor Bunch stated “What an awesome project for a Veteran”, adding “glad we can be a small part of this project.”

The new home is designed to accommodate Veteran David McGrew’s needs now and in the future with ADA compliant features. David applied with Habitat and was approved thru the USDA program. Like other future homeowners selected into the Habitat program he has been earning sweat equity hours by volunteering with various approved programs. Before the foundation is poured Veteran McGrew will have completed 100 volunteer “sweat equity” hours. By the time he moves into his new home he will have completed over 200 hours total.

Katherine Morgan HFHT Board Chair stated “It will become his forever home.”

Habitat for Humanity Texarkana is just one of many organizations participating in Giving Day. Over 185 nonprofit organizations from across East Texas are registered for this East Texas Giving Day.

East Texas Giving Day, powered by East Texas Communities Foundation, is an 18-hour, online giving event. The event officially kicks off at 6:00 a.m. on April 30, and ends at midnight. Donors can participate in the event by going online www.EastTexasGivingDay.org to schedule their donation. Donations can be made from any device that can access the internet including; desktop computers, mobile phones or tablets. The minimum donation amount for the event is $10, and can be placed using a credit card, debit card, or e-check.

“East Texas Giving Day is an exciting way for people to support these Texarkana nonprofits,” said Holly McFarlin, Public Relations Director of East Texas Communities Foundation. “The event is online so you don’t have to drive anywhere, get dressed up or leave work early.”

The Bowie and Miller County charities participating in the April 30 event include: Damascus Home of Redwater, Inc., Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc., For The Sake Of One, Habitat for Humanity of Texarkana, Hands on Texarkana, Harvest Regional Food Bank, Lancer Legacy Ranch, Northeast Texas CASA, Opportunities, Inc., St James Day School, and Texarkana College Foundation.

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