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LASER to replace homes for tornado and hurricane victims

RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2008

TAVARESLake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) will be assisting two families impacted by the 2004 hurricane season and 2007 Groundhog Day tornadoes by replacing their homes that were lost in the storms.

"We are truly happy to be able to assist these two families by replacing their homes after such tragic events," said Michael Tart, Executive Director of LASER. "Working to give back some stability to their lives is something our organization is proud to be a part of.”

LASER, a registered 501c3, not-for-profit organization, was able to purchase manufactured homes by negotiating with banks for drastically reduced rates on foreclosed properties. The homes, one from Summerfield and the other from Paisley, will be transported and placed on the existing homeowner’s properties. The process of moving and installing the first home will begin Monday, Aug 4., and is expected to be completed by Wednesday, Aug 6. The second home will begin being transported on Thursday, Aug. 7 and is expected to be completed on Saturday, Aug 9.

The mission of the Lake and Sumter Emergency Recovery (LASER) is to strengthen recovery efforts from any disaster in Lake and Sumter counties. LASER conducts these operations through a coordinated communitywide approach, which provides for the immediate and long-term unmet needs of local citizens.

For more information about LASER, call (352) 483-1029. Donations can be mailed to LASER at 4900 N. Highway 19A, Mount Dora, FL 32757.

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