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Ringo donates first check to Habitat

Monday, August 25, 2003

Judy Berry, Habitat for Humanity Board Member, shows her appreciation for a contribution from Larry Ringo. Ringo, who works at Eddie's Sandwich Shop, donated his first paycheck to the local Habitat organization.

Larry Ringo can't stand to be idle. He thinks age can't catch you if you keep moving. Even though he has a successful catering business, he took a job at Eddie's Sandwich Shop when the restaurant re-opened recently.

Through his friendship with the shop's owners, Rod and Elaine Clarke, Ringo was aware of Rod's association with Habitat for Humanity of Clay County.

"And I've seen others who worked with Habitat. It's a good project. So I decided to give my first paycheck to the Clay County organization."

Ringo previously worked as a trustee for 18 years. He thinks it's good for people to be self sufficient.

"Many people may be able to own a home with Habitat's help who otherwise couldn't do so," Ringo said. "Especially single parents.

"They have a reduced mortgage which is partially due to the 'sweat equity' that the Habitat partner families provide. But they still have to pay their own way. They retain their dignity and take pride in their home. The family and the community both are winners.

"It may just buy a window or a door but it's a start," Ringo said of his donation. "I feel good about doing this. I wish I could give more. This will turn around."

Ringo explained that he was raised poor but felt he was truly blessed. He said he and Donna, his wife of 42 years, have never had to really scrape to get by.

"Things work out," he said. "This will come back some way."

Ringo challenges others in the community to donate a couple hours of their pay to Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat Board Member Judy Berry said, "I guarantee you it will be put to good use."

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