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Lowe’s ‘Homes for Holidays’ helps Habitat build more houses

Through ‘Homes for the Holidays,’ Lowe’s helps Habitat for Humanity build more houses with families in need

AMERICUS, Ga. (Nov. 5, 2004) – Demonstrating its commitment to Habitat for Humanity, Lowe’s is sponsoring “Homes for the Holidays,” which provides customers the opportunity to donate to Habitat’s work in Lowe’s stores across the country.

“What better gift to give at the holidays than hope for a family to have a home of its own, maybe for the first time?” said Larry Stone, chair of Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. “At Lowe’s, home improvement is our business. This program is a great way Lowe’s and our customers can, together, help provide safe affordable housing to hard-working families in all our communities.”

Between Nov. 7 and Dec. 12, Lowe’s stores will have “Homes for the Holidays” displays at each checkout counter. Customers can make a donation in any amount to Habitat for Humanity, and the clerk will add the donation to the customer’s receipt. Lowe’s will collect the gifts and forward them to Habitat for Humanity International, which will use the generous donation to build houses in partnership with its affiliates in 100 countries throughout the world.

“Gifts people give in their hometowns will be used to build houses in their hometowns,” says Paul Leonard, chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International. “Lowe’s customers’ generosity will help us help families who are desperately in need and who want to share in the joys of homeownership.”

Lowe’s is the national underwriter of Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build program. The program encourages and empowers women to get involved – in a supportive environment – in the construction of Habitat houses. Women crews have built more than 350 Habitat houses in the United States and the number continues to grow.

The Fortune 500 company has also been involved in other Habitat projects. In 2004, Lowe’s contributed more than $2 million to Habitat for Humanity through cash and in-kind donations as well as hundreds of hours of local employee volunteerism. Lowe’s was also the co-premiere sponsor of Habitat’s 2003 Jimmy Carter Work Project, which built 92 homes in one week, and will be a premiere sponsor for the June 2005 Carter work project, which will build more than 200 homes across the state in a week.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s is a proud supporter of Habitat for Humanity International, American Red Cross, the Home Safety Council and United Way of America, in addition to numerous nonprofit organizations and programs that help communities across the country. Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation awards more than $2 million annually to diverse organizations across the United States. Lowe’s also encourages volunteerism through the Lowe’s Heroes program, a company-wide employee volunteer program aimed at preventing unintentional home injuries. Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 company with fiscal year 2003 sales of $30.8 billion, has more than 1,000 stores in 45 states. For more information, visit Lowes.com/community.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through no-profit, zero-interest mortgages. www.habitat.org