After North Texas disaster comes the cleanup; then the car dealers step in to help

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Dozens of volunteers came forward to help residents of the Rancho Brazos neighborhood near Granbury in the days after a May 15 tornado destroyed 60 homes and damaged many others.

It was the time to begin cleaning up, clearing away debris and finding what treasured belongings might be left. The powerful twister was rated an EF4, with winds around 200 mph. Six people died.

Many of the homes destroyed in Rancho Brazos had been built by volunteers working for Habitat for Humanity of Hood County. Like other Habitat homes, they went to families that otherwise could not afford them.

Now, in many cases, only the slabs remain. It’s time to look forward to rebuilding. That’s when the car dealers arrived.

Car dealers?

“Before you can raise the roof, you have to raise the money,” Tom Durant, owner of Classic Chevrolet and chairman of the Dallas Fort Worth Metropolitan New Car Dealers Association, said in a news release.

Association members raised and donated $57,500 to benefit the Granbury chapter of Habitat. The Granbury New Car Dealers Association also raised more than $30,000 for Habitat, the association reported.

It’s been a busy year for car dealers on the charitable front. The Dallas-Fort Worth association recently donated $110,000 to the recovery in West, site of a huge fertilizer plant explosion April 17.

Durant said association members are “committed to having an active presence in the counties that they represent,” the news release said.

These donations are pretty convincing evidence of that.

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