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Home Interiors donates $500,000 to build homes in 2005

Habitat for Humanity Women Build, Home Interiors & Gifts partner to build homes and lives for families

CARROLLTON, Texas (Dec. 14, 2004) – Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc. recently announced that it will extend its partnership with Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build Department, presenting the organization with a check for $500,000. The partnership will continue through 2005.

“Home Interiors champions the dignity and importance of families, and believes that the home is a haven and the greatest influence on the character of mankind,” said Christi Carter Urschel, founder and spokesperson of Home Interiors Charitable Foundation. “By donating this $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build Program, we continue to empower and train women to build not only homes, but also lives.”

According to government figures, 12 million children in the United States, one in six, live in poverty housing, even though safe, decent housing is considered critical to a child’s health and development. Homes Interiors’ gift will help Habitat in its mission to erase poverty housing from the face of the earth, said Fiona Eastwood, director of Habitat for Humanity International’s Women Build Program.

Home Interiors and its philanthropic organization, Home Interiors Charitable Foundation, raised the half million dollars for Habitat for Humanity through the sale of several exclusive, limited edition Home Interiors products, including candles from the company’s “Love Can Build a Home” campaign, and a “Be Welcome Be Warm” candle and Christmas CD.

“Home Interiors & Gifts firmly believes in honoring God and serving others - and this commitment shines through everything they do,” said Eastwood. “Through their financial support and the sheer enthusiasm of their Consultants as they work on site, Home Interiors is making it possible for families to have a decent place to live and grow. We are truly honored to work alongside this committed and dedicated partner in our efforts to make homeownership a reality for all families.”

Home Interiors promotes the legacy of giving and encourages the spirit of volunteerism among its work force. In addition to financially sponsoring eight Women Build homes in 2004 by donating more than $280,000, more than 600 Home Interiors Employees and Decorating Consultants pitched in to build houses in Long Beach, Calif.; South Bend, Ind.; Baltimore, Md.; Dayton, Ohio; Portland, Ore.; Allentown, Pa.; Dallas, Texas; and Appleton, Wis.

From raising house walls to planting shrubs, Home Interiors volunteers provided thousands of hours of labor on Habitat houses in 2004. In Long Beach, Calif., volunteers worked alongside celebrity designer Paige Hemmis, who served as Home Interiors’ building crew leader for Hollywood for Habitat for Humanity’s “Six Homes in Six Weeks” Blitz Build. In Dallas, Texas, Home Interiors hung front door wreaths and delivered welcome packages with exclusive home décor items in the Home Interiors collections at the end of an eight-day Blitz Build of 22 homes.

About Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc.
Home Interiors & Gifts, Inc., is a member of the Direct Selling Association and markets exclusive home decorative products through non-employee, independent decorating consultants in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Canada. Founded in 1957, the Dallas-based company reported net sales of more than $617 million in 2003. Home Interiors & Gifts’ premium brands include Thomas Kinkade®, Boehm at Home™ and the Better Homes and Gardens™ Collection. For more information, please visit Home Interiors on the Web at

About Home Interiors Charitable Foundation — Providing a Pocketful of Hope
Throughout the years, Home Interiors & Gifts has established a rich legacy of giving to others. It is estimated that Home Interiors has given more than $70 million to charitable causes and community organizations since 1957. In 2001, Home Interiors formally organized its charitable giving efforts with the formation of its philanthropic foundation. Today the Home Interiors Charitable Foundation continues to serve charitable organizations that affect women, children and families under the direction of Mary Crowley’s granddaughter, Christi Carter Urschel, who serves as founder and national spokesperson of the Foundation.

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. For more information on Habitat for Humanity, please visit

About Women Build
The mission of the Women Build department of Habitat for Humanity International is to work through affiliates to nurture, recruit and train women to build simple, decent, healthy and affordable houses. More than 650 Habitat houses have been built in the United States by women crews. Lowe’s is the 2004 national underwriter of the Women Build program. For more information on Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, please visit