Often it is hard to decide which charities to support because there are so many worthwhile ones that do good things for people and the planet. When we think about the basic necessities of living that lay the foundation for a happy existence, what is more important than food, shelter, and providing a safe environment for kids. HFH and Save the Children both directly address these basic needs. In additon to their ongoing programs to provide affordable housing and protect children, both organizations have been active after disasters like Hurricane Sandy, the Haitian earthquake, and the very recent earthquake in Nepal. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School where so many innocent children were killed by a gunman, Save the Children was there also.

Kids New Orleans 2006

Over the last decade I have volunteered with HFH locally, nationally, and abroad. I have been a regular volunteer with my local Maumee Valley Habitat For Humanity affiliate, and have made the trip down to New Orleans twice to work with HFH there on the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. In 2009 I joined a Global Habitat mission to Zambia, Africa, to build a basic shelter in a small village where most inhabitants live in mud huts with thatched roofs.

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Hurricane Sandy and the devastation in Nepal are still fresh in our memory, but as awareness of these natural disasters fades to the back of our collective consciousness and we continue to carry on with our relatively normal lives as before, it is worthwhile to be reminded of these disasters and to recall that even though it is no longer front page news, millions of people - many of them children - are still dealing with the damage or loss of their homes and sometimes livelihoods. The old adage “out of sight, out of mind” is never more true when it comes to our memory of disasters, natural or man made, that don’t directly affect us.

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NEW ORLEANS, 2006

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER

VISITS THE BUILD SITE..

NEW ORLEANS, 2010

GLOBAL HABITAT MISSION, 2009

ZAMBIA, AFRICA