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AARP helps clear Habitat site

The retiree group volunteers do the work on their annual day of service.

By JON WILSON
Published May 13, 2007


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LARGO - Volunteers from the nation's most influential retiree organization broke sweat and got dirty Thursday as they cleaned up land so a house for the needy can be built.

Judy Thames, president of AARP Florida, joined about 25 workers at a Habitat for Humanity site at 13269 116th Lane N in Largo.

The volunteers spent several hours raking, getting rid of weeds, clearing debris and laying down mulch.

"My shoulders are sore, " said Kathy Murma, an AARP Florida spokeswoman who wielded a weed whacker.

The occasion was AARP's sixth annual day of service. AARP closes its offices around the nation and sends employees and members out to work on projects. It is a "walk the talk" exercise in community service, Murma said.

Tampa Bay members and staffers worked at three Habitat for Humanity sites, one in Hillsborough and two in Pinellas. Another group spent the day at the Willa Carson Health Resource Center in Clearwater, speaking with the public about health and financial security.

Some of AARP's service providers, such as the Hartford, also participated, Murma said.

Among other projects, AARP works to provide affordable housing for people 50 years old and up.

Plans called for a group of women to build the Habitat house Saturday on the 116th Lane site.

[Last modified May 12, 2007, 19:26:44]


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