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Thursday, May 5, 2016

'Dream come true'

Monday, March 19, 2001

Storm Lake's new Habitat for Humanity home is dedicated with music, poetry and also a few tears.

Everybody needs a helping hand

Take a look at your fellow man

And tell me what can I do today

Everybody needs a helping out

If that ain't what it's all about

Tell me what... What can I do...

-Amy Grant, "Helping Hand"

One of Elia Bravo's twin daughters clapped along as Barbara Johnson played Amy Grant's "Helping Hand." They were excited to see so many people standing in the modest but perfect little house. More importantly, they were excited about their new home.

And their mother, Elia, could not find words to thank the over 200 Habitat for Humanity volunteers that helped build a home for her family. Her oldest daughter, Celenia, read a poem from Elia and her children. As Celenia read, Elia wiped tears from her eyes.

"Thank you Habitat. I have to say thank you for making me so happy. I appreciate you for being so nice to me. I owe you my life when I felt I lost it."

Read the rest of this story in the 3/17 Pilot Tribune.

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