When asked to design a Christmas card for Habitat for Humanity, I was honored. This wonderful organization helps families in need of housing, and I love it because it's not a handout. Here is how it works - with volunteer labor, donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates simple, decent houses with the help of the homeowner. The houses are sold to the partner family with no profit, then financed with affordable loans. What's so neat is the monthly mortgage payments are used to build more Habitat houses.
A few years ago my son's Boy Scout troop volunteered to help clean up the construction site of a Habitat house. When we went to the official Habitat for Humanity presentation to the family, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of my students and her mom were the recipients of that particular Habitat house. She was thrilled at her new home!
What a wonderful organization to be involved in!
It is better to give than receive, isn't it?