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NEW ORLEANS - Wholesalers who are members of the NHRAW are lending a hand to help this country's homeless through Habitat for Humanity.

The Northamerican Heating, Refrigeration and Air conditioning Wholesalers has named a Habitat task force that will meet during the group's national convention, with 10 people committed to serve. Representatives from Habitat have also been invited and are welcome to remain throughout the convention.

Some of this country's largest corporations have helped out Habitat: Dow Chemical, The Home Depot, and others. According to Habitat, "Employee participation is outstanding because Habitat is a cause that employees and their families can identify with - one that produces immediate and tangible results. In fact, during one recent partnership, response was so great that a drawing was needed to select volunteers, all vying for the privilege of donating their effort and time."

On a Habitat build, sharing tools and sandwiches, united in the goal of helping those in need, employees at every level get to see each other at their best. It's an opportunity to grow; to bond; to experience good feelings that get carried back to the workplace.

Habitat for Humanity International welcomes individuals from all walks of life to participate, regardless of race or creed, in all activities associated with this program. All housing recipients are also selected based on need without regard to race or religious preference. Habitat for Humanity's housing ministry is grounded in the belief that every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent, affordable place to live in dignity and safety.

Habitat houses are modestly sized, large enough for the homeowner family's needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum. Habitat uses quality, locally available building materials.

The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and a no-profit, no-interest loan make it affordable for low-income people around the world to purchase a Habitat for Humanity house.

Chairman of the group is NHRAW president Jim McNeil, Emco Ltd. Distribution.