For those Americans who have an RV sitting at home that’s rarely used, a traditional-values organization has the perfect solution: Donate the camper to be used by a family made homeless by Hurricane Katrina.

The American Family Association, based in Tupelo, Miss., has launched the RV-donation drive to provide housing for victims along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

According to a statement from AFA, the project began when Dick Lankford, vice president of development for the organization, contacted an RV dealer in Michigan who agreed to donate some campers. Later, volunteers in Freemont, Mich., agreed to drive the RVs to Mississippi.

AFA noted the long-term positive effects the project is meant to produce.

“We are able to give people temporary homes of their own, and then they can resell the RV and have the money as equity for their permanent home,” Lankford said. “Not many are thinking long-term, and this is one way that we can provide for families on a long-term basis.”

The Tupelo Furniture Market has parking with utility hook-ups for 110 units, and AFA is looking into locations in other Mississippi towns as well.

“Families who want to go back and rebuild their homes can take the RV with them to live in during the building process, and families who want to relocate can travel in the RV to find a fresh start in a new place,” Lankford said. “Thousands of homeless families are living in shelters across the country, and the opportunity for them to own an RV provides long-term hope for getting back on their feet.”

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