Home raffle to help those who lost homes in tornado

United Way employees and homebuilders gather to kick-off the 11th annual Home Sweet Home Raffle Friday.
United Way employees and homebuilders gather to kick-off the 11th annual Home Sweet Home Raffle Friday.

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - An annual home raffle which raises money for the United Way will be especially meaningful and timely this year, because much of the funds will be used to help the victims of last Sunday's devastating tornado, which damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes in the Pine Belt.

A ribbon-cutting was held Friday morning to announce the 11th annual Home Sweet Home Raffle. All proceeds  will go to the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, which supports organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Christian Services, Inc. and R3SM. All of those organizations are rendering direct assistance to tornado victims.

The home being raffled is valued at $235,000 and is located in the Kingsmill Subdivision off of West 4th Street.

Ticket sales have begun. They are $100 each.

The drawing will be held at 6 p.m. on Apr. 15 at the home.

Anyone interested in viewing the home will have the opportunity during open house weekends, which will be held every weekend from February 16 until April 7.  Beginning on Feb. 16, the home will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

There will also be open houses held during the weekdays of April 1-5, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.  There is no charge to tour the home, and tickets will be on sale during the open houses.  Visitors can also register for free door prizes during the home tours.

In addition to the open houses, there are several other ways to purchase tickets in the Home Sweet Home Raffle.  Ticket order forms may be mailed along with a check or credit card information to United Way Home Sweet Home, LLC; P.O. Box 1648; Hattiesburg, MS  39403-1648.

Applications will be available around Hattiesburg or can be downloaded from www.unitedwaysems.org.  Mailed applications must be postmarked by April 1.

Tickets may be purchased with credit cards at www.unitedwaysems.org.

Online orders must be placed by 4 p.m. on April 7.

Tickets may also be purchased with credit card by calling 601-545-7141 or by faxing an application to 601-545-8872 by 5 p.m. on April 5. 
Tickets will be on sale at the United Way office at

210 W. Front Street in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg; at local Sunflower and Corner Market stores; and at Citizens Bank, The Citizens Bank, Community Bank, The First and Grand Bank by 5 p.m. on April 5.

Tickets will be sold during the ADP's HUBFEST on April 6 in Historic Downtown Hattiesburg from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The last day to purchase a ticket will be Sunday, April 7 at the open house or online.

Only 5,000 tickets will be sold.

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