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Disaster relief ministry dedicates 100th home for Hurricane Harvey victims

Samaritan’s Purse dedicated home number 100 Wednesday morning, handing the keys for a manufactured house over to 80-year-old Fae Gaskin of Rockport who lost her manufactured home to Hurricane Harvey almost 22 months ago.

“This is just Heaven,” Gaskin said after receiving the keys. “This is wonderful.”

Gaskin is the 100th person to receive a manufactured home from Samaritan’s Purse, and that South Carolina-based disaster relief ministry has already approved homes for 12 more applicants. One of the ministry’s caseworkers says they’re not stopping anywhere near 112 homes.

“We’re going to be here for 250 to 300,” caseworker Cindy Barton said. “[We’ll be here] until we can get to that number or until the applications stop coming or the money runs out.”

Samaritan’s Purse gets its money from independent donors. If you’d like to make a donation, volunteer, or apply for assistance in recovering from Hurricane Harvey, stop by the ministry’s trailer in the parking lot of Rockport’s First Baptist Church.

There are qualifications you have to meet in order to receive a new manufactured home from Samaritan’s Purse. Chief among them is that you must prove that you owned and lived in a manufactured home before Harvey damaged it. Gaskin met those qualifications and now her old mobile home has been cleared away and a new one set up in its place… just in time for her and five generations of her family to celebrate her next year of life.

“She’s about to spend her 81st birthday in a new home,” Fae’s granddaughter Krystal Guillot said.

Seth Kovar

Seth Kovar

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