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Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County hosted its ninth annual Hard Hat Breakfast Wednesday at Broadway Ballroom in Alexandria. More than 550 people attended the annual fundraiser to hear about the impact of local giving. (Amy Chaffins/Echo Press)

Habitat for Humanity of Douglas County (HFHDC) hosted its ninth annual Hard Hat Breakfast Wednesday and, by 6:30 a.m., more than 550 people had descended upon Broadway Ballroom to hear about the impact of local giving.

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During the event, volunteers and families shared their experiences working with the organization.

Volunteer Dick Welder spoke about the enriching interaction he has had with fellow volunteers and new homeowners at worksites.

Christie Nohre, an HDHDC homeowner, shared details about how her family’s homeownership goals became a reality much quicker than they had anticipated, and how the home has changed their lives.

Chris Kragenbring, the event’s keynote speaker and a local teacher, shared a story about the impact of a giving community and the difference it can make in a young person’s life.

Totals for the annual fundraiser were still being tallied Thursday morning.

Kelli Wendel, development director for HFHDC, told the Echo Press, “It’s fantastic to see over 500 people coming together that hour of the morning. The energy they exuded and their hearts just vibrated throughout the room. Ongoing support like this makes it possible for us to continue our meaningful mission and that just transfers to the work we do with families. We’re blessed.”

In 2014, HFHDC has plans to build five local homes.

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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