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Habitat for Humanity helping area family

MARTINSBURG — Habitat for Humanity Blair County is trying to raise money to build a new home for a Martinsburg family.

Jeremy and Heather Smith and their children: Evan, Hayden, Kayla and Liam; have had to overcome numerous obstacles over the years — primarily health issues — and have outgrown their home, said Aimee Lozinak, a Habitat for Humanity board member.

Habitat for Humanity Blair County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization.

According to the Habitat website, the Blair chapter is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.

“Habitat for Humanity of Blair County relies on the generosity of individuals, faith organizations, corporations and civic groups to sustain our operation,” Lozinak said. Because of COVID-19, the group was unable to conduct fundraising events like in previous years. “We are asking for your support for the Smith family and the house to be built right here in Martinsburg. No matter the size of the gift, all support is greatly appreciated,” Lozinak said.

The goal is to raise $100,000, Lozinak said.

While there is not a deadline, per say, the Smith’s house is scheduled for March. It will come partially assembled with some added features.

Habitat for Humanity Blair County has built more than 20 homes over the years, according to Charlie Smith, board president.

“We are so excited and thankful that Habitat for Humanity saw our need for a larger house and is able to help us to provide our children with a safe home. We are so very grateful for their help,” said Jeremy and Heather Smith.

Donations can be sent to: Habitat for Humanity Blair County, 1410 Allegheny St., Suite B. Hollidaysburg, PA 16648. For more information call 943-3480.

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