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Open Letter to the Citizens of Mason
Dave & Karen Sharbo, Frances Harless
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 • Posted May 4, 2011

We want to thank the people of Mason, Tx. for the hospitality shown the RV Care-A-Vanners during the recent Habitat for Humanity build in your town and county. From our accommodations at the Fort Mason City park to the meals prepared and served to us by numerous individuals and groups we thank you. Thanks to the churches who welcomed us to enjoy our noon meals within their activity centers – The First United Methodist, St. Joseph’s Catholic, St. Paul Lutheran, and River of Life Churches. Your generosity not only nourished our bodies, it lifted our spirits, and afforded us maximum build time. Among the groups providing lunch for us were: The Art Methodist Church, Hilda Methodist Church, the Golf Ladies, the Sorority Girls, Miss B’s 3 year old Steady Step Class, The St. Joseph’s Alter Guild, Jimie Manchaca family, The Habitat for Humanity Board, members of The River of Life and St. Paul Lutheran Churches.

In all, 33 men and women from Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington spent 4015 hours building the Bridge Street home in 9 weeks. We appreciate the local contractors who helped with concrete, drywall, tape, float, and texture addition, HVAC, welding, electrical and plumbing. Also, Keith Kaan for his knowledge and expertise as construction supervisor. He kept us on track and coordinated materials delivery to keep us building.

When we were not on the build site, we enjoyed the local cuisine, kayaked the Llano River near Junction, enjoyed rodeo events at the City Park Arena, enjoyed fundraising events and benefits, bake and book sale at the Library, hunted Topaz at a local ranch, on several extremely hot days took respite in the water of the Llano just out of town, and shopped the local stores. We also enjoyed watching the Parade of Teams to the ball fields at the start of baseball and softball season.

Many of our team look forward to returning annually to Mason for the build and to spend time in a small town with a big heart.

With sincerest thanks,

Dave and Karen Sharbo, Team Leaders Build 1

Frances Harless, Team Leader Build 2

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