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THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND CHRISTMAS IN APRIL*USA TEAM UP FOR BETTER HOUSING

 THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND CHRISTMAS IN APRIL*USA
 TEAM UP FOR BETTER HOUSING
 ATLANTA, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- A $100,000 gift to provide better housing for older, disabled and low-income persons was announced today by The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE: HD), the nation's largest home improvement retailer.
 The funds will assist Christmas in April*USA, a national, nonprofit organization that mobilizes volunteers from all walks of life to repair and rehabilitate homes and facilities nationwide. The Home Depot, Inc. will become the 1992 National Corporate Sponsor for this unique national project.
 Since 1982, Christmas in April programs in towns and cities have repaired over 8,000 homes with the help of more than 144,000 volunteers. The majority of houses are "fixed up" in an annual blitz on the last Saturday in April.
 "Our concern is to reach out and help people live in warmth, safety, independence, dignity and decency," said Patricia Riley Johnson, president of Christmas in April*USA. "The generous financial support from Home Depot will greatly enhance our goal to bring our vital home repair and rehabilitation services to more communities across the country."
 According to Suzanne Apple, director of community affairs for The Home Depot, Inc., the organization has been involved for a number of years in local programs to make housing more affordable and accessible. "Our charitable contributions program is focused on affordable housing and at-risk youth. We work in cities where we have stores to rehabilitate and develop affordable housing at the local level. At The Home Depot, we believe that everyone deserves a quality place to live. We are proud to be partners with Christmas in April*USA and this important endeavor."
 Christmas in April will repair and rehabilitate 2,400 homes this year with the assistance of at least 68,000 volunteers in 210 cities and towns in 26 states.
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 /CONTACT: Patty R. Johnson of Christmas in April*USA, 202-326-8268, or Jenifer Swearingen of The Home Depot, 404-433-8211/
 (HD) CO: The Home Depot, Inc.; Christmas in April*USA ST: Georgia IN: REA SU:


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