American Airlines donates $150,000 toward new Habitat for Humanity home

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A major airline wanted to show support for Charlottesville by donating money to affordable housing, following the events on Aug. 12.

American Airlines donated $150,000 to Habitat for Humanity, which is being used to build a new home on Charlton Avenue.

Volunteers spent their Saturday making Christina Harris' dream of owning her first home one step closer to a reality.

American Airlines' business partner, Piedmont Ground Handling, said building the home is a good feeling.

"I think when you own your own home it’s a sense of pride and it makes you feel better about who you are and where you are," said Dede Francis, general manager. "If you haven't volunteered time, get down here and check it out. It's a lot of fun."

Harris said she wants people to know that just applying for Habitat for Humanity's program is the first step to making affordable homeownership come true.

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