Dozens of Texoma residents gathered Saturday evening at First United Methodist Church in Sherman to enjoy a baked potato for a good cause. The "Habi-Taters" fundraiser benefited Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County.

Dozens of Texoma residents gathered Saturday evening at First United Methodist Church in Sherman to enjoy a baked potato for a good cause. The "Habi-Taters" fundraiser benefited Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County.


For $10, attendees helped themselves to a baked potato buffet that included plenty of fixins, along with sides and a dessert. A silent auction table was set up in the adjoining hallway, containing 53 items ranging from tool sets to live plants.


"(Habi-Taters) is a fundraiser for us as we’re looking ahead to building houses and repairing homes and serving families in Grayson County," said Laurie Mealy, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County.


Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization in which volunteers build and repair houses for families in need. The local Habitat for Humanity affiliate has built 28 homes in Grayson County thus far, Mealy said. The Habi-Taters dinner usually covers about 25 percent of the cost of a house.


The build of the 29th house is scheduled for next month. Pottsboro residents Michael and Kristal Jordan and their six children will be moving in. Michael, Kristal and their three oldest children have helped build three houses in the past two years. The Jordans submitted an application for a house of their own nearly two years ago and are looking forward to the plans finally come to fruition.


"Oh, we’re super excited, and we can’t wait," Kristal Jordan said. "Our kids are looking forward to having their own space. Right now we live in a small, two-bedroom rent house."


In addition to donations going toward houses in Grayson County, Mealy noted that one-tenth of each donation is put toward building a house in Haiti. The group has built 22 houses in Haiti so far. Between the houses in Grayson County, the houses abroad and the house repairs, the local Habitat for Humanity group has helped more than 250 people.


Among the attendees were Phil and Cathy McDonald. The two have been looking to do volunteer work since they moved to Sherman from California. Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County has about 500 volunteers each year, Mealy said. According to Kristal Jordan, many who come to volunteer do not leave.


"(Habitat for Humanity) is a really great group of people to work with," Kristal Jordan said. "They make you feel like family. So you want to keep coming back. Even after your house is built, you want to keep coming back to help."