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Volunteer Leader Plans Next Project

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The ribbon cutting milestone at Annie's House closes the chapter on one New York Says Thank You project.

But Bottineau Winter Park was not the first project the organization took on --- and it won't be the last.

The New York Says Thank You Foundation began in 2003 at the suggestion of a 5-year-old boy who wanted to thank the people who helped rebuild New York after the 9-11 disaster.

It's based on a simple 'pay it forward' principle --- helping others after disaster and collecting volunteers for the next.

After Hurricane Sandy, New York Says Thank You committed to rebuilding as many homes in the New York area as possible.

Founder Jeff Parness says this weekend marks the 100th home rebuilt.

The foundation always takes on one big project on the September 11 anniversary, and this year, local volunteers who helped build Annie's House will be joining New York Says Thank You in Oklahoma.

(Jeff Parness, New York Says Thank You) "This coming September 11th we have a very special project in Oklahoma. Horse Rescue in a horse therapy animal rescue barn was heavily damaged in the Oklahoma City tornado and I know there are a whole bunch of people in Bottineau, North Dakota that are already thinking about going down to help rebuild One Day Ranch. And that's how this whole thing just keeps going. Everybody is paying it forward to the next one."

For more information you can visit NewYorkSaysThankYou.org.

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