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Biden, staff help give back to disabled Veteran at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Build Day

Date Posted: Monday, July 29th, 2013
Categories:  Department of Justice Press Releases

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Georgetown, DE – Attorney General Beau Biden joined a group of two dozen staff and family members from the Attorney General’s Office Saturday, July 27th to roll up their sleeves and show their support for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s Veteran Build Home in Georgetown Point.  The home is being built and funded by local Veterans and Veterans groups for Mari Ellyn Hellard, a disabled US Air Force Veteran and her two sons Joseph and Joshua.  As a member of the Army National Guard who was deployed to Iraq with the First State’s 261st Signal Brigade, Biden worked a shift alongside other volunteers to put down flooring to prepare for upcoming tile work and installing vinyl siding.
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Attorney General Beau Biden helps other volunteers laying down backboard in the Veteran’s Build Home

“Our staff and I were privileged to spend some time this weekend with Mari Ellyn and her family and to lend a hand to the construction of their beautiful new home,” Biden said.  “I want to thank Habitat for Humanity and our dedicated veteran’s organizations for their commitment to her and for meeting the needs of so many other members of our community.”

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As the volunteers gathered together Saturday for a photo with the Hellard family, Tom Protack, Community Engagement Director for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, shared Habitat’s Mission, “Today we are putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities, and hope.  Your presence today and willingness to lift a hammer to help gives Mari Ellyn and other Habitat Partner Families the hope they need to have better lives with a simple, decent and affordable home.”  Biden added, “We’re sending a clear message to service men and women around the world, those on active duty and those retired, that our nation honors their sacrifice and they are a vital part of our community.”
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Attorney General Beau Biden with Mari Ellyn Hellard and her two sons Joseph and Joshua
Biden was joined on Saturday by his wife and two children, including his daughter, Natalie, who presented a bracelet she made to Mari Ellyn. As part of a Habitat tradition, Biden family members signed the studs of the walls and wrote messages of thanks and support to the Hellard family that will be there forever.

If you would like to participate in Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s work by donating, volunteering or participating in future events surrounding the Veteran Build Project, contact Habitat at 302-855-1153 or visit www.sussexcountyhabitat.org.

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