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AMERIDREAM CHARITY HELPS FLOOD VICTIMS RETURN HOME

GAITHERSBURG, MD (December 28, 2000) -- In the spirit of The AmeriDream Charity's goal to promote continued homeownership, the organization recently donated $6,000 to help flood victims in North Carolina and Virginia. The money will go to several different organizations involved with relief efforts in the two states, and will be used to repair damaged homes. The Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) coordinates the work of the organizations involved, and ensures that the donated monies go back into the community.

Jim Hill, AAL's national marketing coordinator who's been involved in the relief work with other AmeriDream staff, says that the Charity's generosity helps make it possible to salvage damaged homes, as opposed to building new ones. "Through AmeriDream's efforts, original houses are restored, so that families can return to what they truly consider home, as opposed to just having a roof over their heads," he said.

AmeriDream's donations are also unique because their gifts are non-discretionary, which means that the people doing the work can use the funds for what families specifically want or need. "This really allows us to bring a personal touch to the repairs," Hill said. "Since the money isn't designated for a specific use such as dry wall, for example, we can use it for exactly what the families want or need in their home, such as yellow paint in the kitchen or new base boards."

The AmeriDream Charity, Inc., has donated more than $50,000 to disaster relief work since 1997.