(Photo by Scott Welton, Staff)
By holding their first international rally here in July, Trike Riders International had already helped the local economy, said Kathy Hux, chair of Sikeston Habitat for Humanity's public relations and development committee.
"But they took it a step beyond that in wanting to make a donation to the community," she said, "and the community will benefit because of their generosity."
Asked by the Trike Riders what a good recipient for a donation would be, Sikeston-Miner Convention and Visitor's Bureau officials recommended the Sikeston Habitat for Humanity.
The Trike Riders International's $5,000 donation is "one of the largest cash donations that we've ever received," Hux said. "We are very excited to be the recipients of such a generous donation."
In March, a family moved into the first Sikeston Habitat for Humanity home. Habitat officials now have things in motion for a second home. "We are going to begin construction in September," said Jackie Herndon, co-chair of Sikeston Habitat's steering committee.
Habitat officials said they are looking at a lot on Center Street as a location for the second building but the site selection has not been finalized.
Efforts to gather funding for the second Sikeston Habitat for Humanity home beginning with a solicitation letter have already brought results.
"We have had some generous donations," Hux said. They are, however, still short of their $65,000 goal.
Hux noted that donations do not have to be monetary.
"We are very dependent on in-kind donations," she said.
The best example of in-kind donations is construction materials such as lumber, roofing, paint, cabinets, windows -- "everything that goes into creating a home," Hux said.
"And concrete," Herndon said. "Concrete is a large expense."
A recipient for Sikeston's second Habitat home has not yet been chosen.
"Families are encouraged to apply for it," Hux said.
Interested families should contact Sikeston Habitat for Humanity's family selection committee.
"We have a strict criteria they must meet," Hux said. "They have to not only qualify, but once selected they have to put in sweat equity hours -- they are required to put in 350 'sweat equity' hours before qualifying to get their home."
This work can be done by any of the recipient family's members and can be on their own home or on other Habitat for Humanity projects.
Hux said the recipient family must also be financially secure as they will be making a down payment and mortgage payments.
Herndon said Habitat officials want everyone to know "how appreciative we are for the community's support."
Whether that support is in-kind, cash or working on a Habitat home, "we need their continued support so we can continue to provide decent, affordable homes in the Sikeston area," she said.
Habitat officials have been impressed by "how supportive Sikeston has been on our first build," agreed Barb Collins, public relations and development committee member. "We had such an enthusiastic turnout on our first build."
Collins said those interested in contributing to the second build should keep a look out for Habitat fundraisers in the near future as well as a Sikeston Habitat for Humanity Web site they hope to establish soon.
To make a donation or contact the family selection committee, send mail to: Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 211, Sikeston, MO 63801.