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Waveland Lowe's donates cottage to Katrina victim

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) -

By Al Showers – bio | email

WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - A corporate giant has partnered with the Bay-Waveland Area Habitat for Humanity to help get another Katrina victim into a home. Thursday, Lowe's in Waveland gave the charity the bright peach cottage that once stood in front of the store.

Eagle Finegan is the grateful recipient who will soon make the house her home. She lost everything in Hurricane Katrina, and since that time has had six different temporary homes.

"It has been a long almost five years," Finegan said Thursday. "I stayed in a tent for a while. You hang out in your washed out car, you hang out in an empty building, you do what you have to do."

The most recent home was an old RV parked next to a friend's house in Clermont Harbor.

"A 28 foot, 1982 RV. Shelter, but it's not a home. This is a home. Thank you," Finegan said to the crowd of people who gathered to watch the home dedication ceremony held in front of the Highway 603 store.

The home dedication was held at the Lowe's store in Waveland because that's where Finegan's cottage has been sitting for years as a display model. You may have even walked through it. The home improvement company recently donated it to Habitat Bay-Waveland.

"We've donated over $20 million since our inception and have got standing commitments through 2013 to bring that number up to $40 million, so just really about giving back to the communities," Lowe's District Manager Rick Cook said. "This particular house, we donated $10,000 from Lowe's charitable and education foundation, which is going to help facilitate with the move of the house, as well as the foundation and the set up." 

Mark Tortomasi, manager of the Waveland store, was happy to see the company he works for doing good so close to home. 

"It makes me really proud to work for a company that gives to the community and supports community programs," Tortomasi said.

"This is the largest gift we've ever received from Lowe's and it's just really significant," Executive Director of Habitat Bay-Waveland Wendy McDonald said.

The cottage was moved to the Bayside Park Community, and Finegan should be able to move into her new house within a couple of weeks.

Habitat leaders said the move took a lot of coordination with the power companies and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. That's because the Lowe's Cottage is taller than MEMA's Mississippi Cottages, which are hauled around most roadways with no problem.

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