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Gifts That Help Families in Need of Homes.

Habitat for Humanity has made gift giving easy this holiday season. With options ranging from making a donation in honor of a friend or loved one to purchasing items from the Habitat online store, Habitat for Humanity has a myriad of gift options that will help make the dream of homeownership possible for families in need of affordable housing.

Habitat's Gift from the Heart ( program allows tax-deductible donations of any amount to be given in honor of a family member or friend. Gift from the Heart recipients will be notified of the giver's generosity with a card informing them that a family in need of simple, decent and affordable housing will benefit from a donation made in their honor.

Habitat's Gift Catalog ( allows users to honor loved ones by giving donation amounts based on the cost of typical items used to build a house. From construction tools and materials to rooms and whole houses, the gift catalog symbolizes what a donation can buy to help real families in need.

The holiday section of Habitat for Humanity's Store Online ( offers many gifts for less than $20, including a limited-edition stuffed animal, The American Red Fox, and a new book, If I Had a Hammer: Building Homes and Hope with Habitat for Humanity about the real-life stories of Habitat homeowner families and volunteers around the world.

The American Red Fox, the fourth in a series of plush animals representing areas of the world where Habitat works, celebrates Habitat's 34 years of building in the United States and features the Habitat logo embroidered on its stomach, as well as the Habitat logo and flag of the United States on a medallion on its collar. The fox measures 11 inches high by 21 inches long from nose to tail and has a hand-numbered hangtag that shows its designation out of 1,000 in existence.

With a foreword from former President Jimmy Carter, If I Had a Hammer, captures the entire Habitat experience for young readers from the perspective of Habitat's most famous volunteer and others touched by Habitat's work. The 160-page hardcover book is divided into eight chapters featuring stories of Habitat homeowners and volunteers at build sites in the United States and around the world and is stunningly illustrated with full-color photos. If I Had a Hammer also tells the story of Habitat's early beginnings in rural Georgia and explores topics from interesting home design (like using window bars in India to keep monkeys out of houses) to the emotional rewards of helping to build a house from the ground up.

Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit
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