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Home makes this Christmas special -- Jill Kieta

December 25, 2017 GMT

The holidays have always been a special time of year for my family. But this year is truly the best because we’ll celebrate Christmas for the first time in our very own home.

With the help of Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, I’ve been able to build a beautiful house to raise my two children. While I have a mortgage for the full appraised value, I’m able to afford it because of a very low interest rate through Habitat.

Now that my children have been enjoying our Christmas tree, holiday lights and the delicious smell of baking poundcake, I can’t help but think of the volunteers who built my house with me and the donors who made it all possible.

No words can express how much I appreciate them helping me achieve something that I’ve dreamed of for years. Please join me this holiday season in thanking the many volunteers and donors at Habitat who’ve helped so many families just like mine.

Sadly, for many Dane County residents, the holidays can be a stark reminder of what it means not to have a decent place to live. If you’re able to help, please consider giving to Habitat for Humanity of Dane County this holiday season and beyond.

Jill Kieta, Sun Prairie