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February 6, 2008 > Support Habitat for Humanity at Texas Roadhouse and get free lunch

Support Habitat for Humanity at Texas Roadhouse and get free lunch

Submitted By Elise Goldstein

Hurricane Katrina is a distant memory for most - except for those whose homes it swallowed along the Gulf Coast. Habitat for Humanity, Texas Roadhouse and Tracy's city leaders invite the public to make a difference in the lives of a displaced family by donating supplies, dollars and volunteering to build Tracy's "Home-in-a-Box" for the New Orleans Musicians' Village.

"Our goal is to rally involvement across the entire community," said Dave Gaither, a market partner with Texas Roadhouse. "This home will forever be known as Tracy's gift to New Orleans."

On Friday, Jan 25, Elk Grove and Union City's Texas Roadhouse began hosting "Free Lunch Fridays." Guests receive a free Texas Roadhouse lunch in exchange for a donation to the Homes in a Box project.

"Hurricane Katrina was one of our nation's worst tragedies," said Tracy Mayor Brent Ives. "I encourage everyone to start 2008 by offering hope to our New Orleans friends. Whether you give a dollar, ten minutes of volunteer time, or an entire lumber package; every donation is needed and valued. We never know when this community might find itself in dire need of help."

To build a "Home in a Box" communities must raise $30,000 plus goods and supplies including lumber, plumbing, doors, windows, insulation, paint, siding, fencing, trim and everything from the shower curtain rod to the mailbox. After the project is complete, extra tools and supplies will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity.

To date the Tracy community has raised $6,000, all HVAC, plumbing goods, electrical supplies and roofing. Peterson Dean Roofing is a major sponsor in procuring goods, and other local companies have donated appliances and flooring. Maersk Shipping donated two crates, now stationed outside of Texas Roadhouse, ready to be filled with supplies.

On build day, volunteers will transfer donations into the crates and frame and load the 1,100 square-foot home onto a tractor-trailer for transport to New Orleans. When the home's foundation is ready, the house will be completed on its permanent land.

To make a donation, the public can stop by any local Texas Roadhouse and see a list of needed supplies. If a business or community group would like to host their own fundraiser, the contact is Dave Gaither at (510) 364-5760.

The New Orleans Musicians' Village was created by Harry Connick Jr., Branford Marsalis and Habitat for Humanity - New Orleans as a future village for working, aspiring and elder musicians in order to keep the local musical heritage alive. The 8.1 acre village has nearly 50 homes complete or near completion.

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