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Habitat volunteers helping to making holidays happier for Henryville tornado victims

Tuesday was assembly day at the Habitat warehouse. Tuesday was assembly day at the Habitat warehouse.

More than a dozen children who lost their homes in the Henryville tornado will be receiving a homemade gift from Habitat For Humanity volunteers in Evansville.

The gift 16 children will be receiving is a handmade red bookcase. It's something of their very own to put in their new Habitat homes.

The project was the brainchild of Carol Havens, a local Habitat volunteer.

She wanted to do something for children and encouraging reading seemed like a good idea.

The bookcases will go to kids up to 16 years old. Planning has been going on for a while now.

The majority of supplies for the bookcases and the books themselves have been donated to Habitat.

Tuesday was assembly day at the Habitat warehouse.

"These bookcases will come with books on them for those kids," said Habitat For Humanity Red Bookcase Volunteer Jim Havens. "There will be brass nameplates on each bookcase with the child's name on it. So, it'll be something that they can call their own and to hopefully improve the literacy and their reading enjoyment."

The bookcases will be presented to those 16 children on December 15th.

Then next year, the plan is to make more bookcases for local children who end up in Habitat homes.

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