Virginia Braswell, the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity has come up with a unique way to involve prayer and some coins to help raise money for Habitat for Humanity's 144th house.

Habitat's biggest fundraiser event scheduled in August, Banjos and Brunch had to be cancelled because of COVID 19. So, Virginia heard about about the Pennies and Prayers campaign from another Habitat chapter in KY and decided to follow their lead.

The initiative kicked off Wednesday, July 1, and continues all month.

“We’re asking the community for pennies and prayers to make this happen for this family,” said Virginia Braswell, Habitat executive director. “We need both pennies and prayers.”

 Braswell hopes the idea will catch on with families. Children can write prayers that can be shared on Habitat’s social media. In addition, families can come up with innovative ways to raise money.

Church groups might also enjoy the Pennies and Prayers challenge, she said.

“We’re not asking for thousands and thousands of dollars. We’re just looking for donations to help us through a skimpy time,” Braswell said.

In addition to that campaign, Habitat will host its annual garage sale July 17, 18 and 20 at 2606 W. Second St.

The event’s hours vary.

The sale runs from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17, from 7 a.m. to noon July 18, and from 3 to 6 p.m. July 20. The last day will be a half-price sale.

Braswell said everyone is asked to wear a face mask and practice physical distancing of 6 feet between shoppers — just like in retail shops. Habitat plans to have masks for sale for shoppers who don’t have them.

Information about event taken directly from the Owensboro Messenger Inquirer


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