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‘House in a Box’ gives tornado victims a fresh start

MOORE, Okla. – When tornadoes tore through several communities around our state, thousands suffered property damage with many families losing everything.

As donations continue to come into Oklahoma, a national program is helping victims start over with a few things that may be overlooked by other charities.

‘House in a Box’ began in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Organizers purchase items in bulk from major vendors like Ashley Furniture, Mathis Brothers and IKEA.

The charity then gives that furniture to families who have been through natural disasters.

Organizers say things like sofas, dining room tables and chairs, dressers, beds, pots and pans and even dishes can make a world of difference.

Elizabeth Disco-Shearer said, “The ‘House In The Box’ provides a new start for families who’ve lost everything and it gives them hope for the future.”

“If we can just do this one little thing and take this off their mind, then it’s a way to help them,” said David Rope. “And that’s what we’re here for.”

The program is called ‘House in a Box’ because all the furniture comes in kits that families can assemble once they get home.

They can help families of 4 up to families of 10 and are expecting to serve over 1,000 households in Oklahoma over a 6 month period.

The program is sponsored by the National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in collaboration with the Oklahoma City St. Vincent de Paul Council, the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City, the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the United Way of Oklahoma City.

If you’re interested in registering for the ‘House in a Box’ program, call (405) 248-8114.