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Pinehurst Modern Woodmen Members Plant Trees for Sandhills Habitat

Aberdeen, NC, December 21, 2008 --( On December 6, local Modern Woodmen of America members gave a lasting gift to the community. Members of the Pinehurst Modern Woodmen Camp gathered at Lourdes Saavedra's home to landscape her new Habitat house. Lourdes is one of 160 Habitat homeowners in the Sandhills region and the first to receive landscaping from Modern Woodmen.

The project was part of the Plant A Tree Program, a nationwide program introduced by Modern Woodmen for its members in 2004. "This program ties Modern Woodmen members to the roots of our organization," says Mike Bernard, leader of the Pinehurst Camp. The local Habitat affiliate is eligible for the program every other year.

"The name Modern Woodmen honors the pioneer woodmen who cleared the forests to build homes and secure futures for their families. Modern Woodmen offers financial services to help clear away members' financial burdens. And today planting trees is a gift for families, our community, and the environment," Bernard says.

"Modern Woodmen and Habitat working together make a wonderful and natural partnership," says Amanda Jakl, communications coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, "We're both working to create a secure future for families in our community."

Through the Plant A Tree Program and the help of its members, Modern Woodmen will plant thousands of trees across the United States this year.

For more information contact Mike Bernard at 910-673-3383.

About Modern Woodmen of America
Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

About Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills
Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills is a Christian, housing ministry that is able to offer interest-free mortgages to individuals in need of simple, decent housing. They partner with families, volunteers, churches and community organizations to work toward their goal of ending sub-standard housing in the Sandhills.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Habitat for Humanity please contact Amanda Jakl at 910.334.1162 or 910.295.1934. Habitat is currently seeking volunteers and supporters of all kinds.

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Habitat for Humanity of the NC Sandhills
Amanda Jakl

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