Oprah Katrina Homes
In less than two months, viewers donated more than $5 million in gifts to the registry.
Oprah's Angel Network teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to build and furnish homes for 65 families relocated to Houston, Texas. Just a couple of months after announcing her pledge, Oprah delivered the good news to the first 50 families.
"I want you to look around at all the people that are here, because you might have come in with people who were strangers, but I want you to know that as of today, you will all become neighbors," Oprah said. "Every family here is getting a new Habitat home—nobody deserves it more than everybody in this room."
Along with Houston's mayor, Bill White, Oprah passed out toolboxes so the families could begin building their new community from the ground up. As a down payment, the families pledged to work with Habitat for Humanity volunteers for 300 hours on the construction of their new homes.
Houston is only the beginning, Oprah says—Oprah's Angel Network has committed to putting 250 families affected by Hurricane Katrina in new homes.
Some celebrity guests like Jon Bon Jovi and his band also helped fund construction on the second Angel Network neighborhood. Bon Jovi's surprise check for $1 million left Oprah speechless!
Desperate Housewives' Eva Longoria and San Antonio Spur Tony Parker made a $50,000 donation to sponsor a Katrina Home from Oprah's Katrina Homes Registry.
NBA superstar Kevin Garnett was inspired to go even further. "I'm personally buying one Katrina home from your registry every month for the next two years," he wrote to Oprah. "That's 24 homes and $1.2 million for your Angel Network to help other families who need a place to live."
The big day finally arrives. See what waits for the families on the new Angel Lane!