Family gets a new home before the holidays

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls family is having their first Thanksgiving dinner in their new home this year.

Edward Mason said they applied for a home with Habitat for Humanity of Wichita Falls in February not knowing they would get approved and have it ready just in time for the holiday season.

"It's complete now and that's a good thing," Mason said. "We saw it from ground zero up to what it is now and it's amazing."

Habitat for Humanity hosted a house dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon to thank all the volunteers and welcome the family of three to their new house.

Carla Dowlen, the marketing director for Habitat for Humanity, said she is glad they were able to finish it when they did.

"It's kind of neat to know that this is going to be a special holiday for them and a first holiday for them in a brand new house," Dowlen said.

Habitat for Humanity of Wichita Falls started in 1992 and has built over 100 homes for local families.

Dowlen said volunteers play a big role.

"You can't say enough about volunteers because if we don't have the volunteers the houses won't get built, so we appreciate that and we appreciate all the partners that come in and help," Dowlen said.

The Junior League of Wichita Falls also attended the ceremony and presented a grant of $2,500 through its Opportunity Knocks Program to Habitat for Humanity.

These funds will help build another home right across the street from the Masons.

Bianca Reyna, with the Opportunity Knocks Program, said these organizations both want to give back to the community.

"We chose them because they help families and children who are in need and that is one of our biggest things," Reyna said.

Mason said it was a great feeling to see so many volunteers come out, and he and his family are thankful for all the support.

"You see all these people that you have never met and don't know, and they come down and help you build your own home," Mason said.

Click here to help Habitat for Humanity of Wichita Falls build more homes in our area.

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