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Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for tornado rebuild

People raise a frame on a build of the 1000 Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity in the Legacy Estates addition in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.   [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
People raise a frame on a build of the 1000 Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity in the Legacy Estates addition in Oklahoma City, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

EL RENO — Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is asking for volunteers to help build a home for an El Reno family who lost everything in the deadly May 25, 2019, tornado.

It took Habitat more than six months to find a lot available for purchase in El Reno for Ricardo Escalante, his wife, Maria, and their two young children.

“We do not usually hit a snag where we are unable to locate someone willing to either sell or donate land, so now that we have the lot and a start date, it is a huge win for this family,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO and chairman of Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

Maria lost a leg, and their daughter, 2, suffered a broken pelvis and leg during the storm.

“The Escalantes desperately need a foundation, so they can rebuild their life and having a home to do so is the first step,” Gilliland said.

The house framing on the three-bedroom home is set to begin on March 28. The home build will take place over 12 weeks.

People and groups can volunteer for as few or as many hours as they would like. Volunteers are taught and supervised on the construction site. To volunteer, send an email to rick.lorg@cohfh.org.

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