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PRNewswire: Corporate Generosity Provides Family First Christmas in New Home: "The generosity shown by Shell and Motiva employees has overwhelmed Janie and Nelda," said Houston Habitat President Laurence J. Payne. ( 16 Dec 04                    


HOUSTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past 13 years, Nelda and Janie Moore have spent the holidays bundled together in one frigid bedroom shared by the two sisters and Janie's 15-year-old daughter Gina.  But, for the first

time ever, the Moores will decorate their Christmas tree surrounded by the warmth and comfort of central heat without the challenges of living in substandard housing, thanks to the generosity of Shell Oil Company and its affiliate, Motiva Enterprises LLC.


At 3 p.m. on Thursday, volunteers from Shell and Motiva's Finance Community will officially welcome the Moore family to their new Houston Habitat for Humanity home in northeast Houston with a dedication celebration.


In addition to providing $50,000 to purchase land and building materials,about 200 volunteers from the two companies' finance groups donated more than 1,000 hours of labor to construct the Energy Star-certified house.


Additionally, employees from the two Houston-based companies have collected furnishings for the new home and, on Thursday, will present handmade quilts to welcome the first-time homebuyer family.


"The generosity shown by Shell and Motiva employees has overwhelmed Janie and Nelda," said Houston Habitat President Laurence J. Payne.  "Their continued commitment to provide hard working, low-income families with the opportunity to purchase homes they can afford is an outstanding example of how Houston's corporate community takes leadership in shaping Houston's outlook and providing solid footing for future generations."


This is the fourth Houston Habitat project sponsored by Shell and its affiliates since 1998.  "Shell has always been and will continue to be an active corporate citizen, involved in our communities," said Guy Cowan, vice president finance and chief financial officer of Shell Oil Company.  "The Shell family is pleased to have helped the Moore family, and applauds the

superb work that Houston Habitat is doing in building a stronger community."


The Moores, like all Houston Habitat for Humanity homebuyers, are purchasing their home at cost and with a zero interest loan.  Additionally, they have contributed over 300 sweat equity hours working to build their own home, as well as the homes of their neighbors.


Dedication Ceremony Details

Thursday, December 16, 2004; 3 p.m.

9835 Shive Drive, Houston, TX 77087


About Houston Habitat for Humanity

Houston Habitat for Humanity is a not-for-profit organization that provides new homes for hard-working, low-income Houstonians who otherwise would not be able to afford a mortgage.  The organization provides zero-interest loans to first-time homebuyers who partner with volunteers and sponsors to build their own homes in neighborhoods throughout Houston and

Harris County. For more information about Houston Habitat for Humanity, its affordable housing sponsorship and its volunteer opportunities, visit

or call Wade Wilson at (713) 671-9993 ext 35.


About Shell Oil Company

Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.  Including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, Shell Oil is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers.


About Motiva Enterprises LLC

Headquartered in Houston, TX, Motiva Enterprises LLC, is a petroleum refining and marketing company owned by affiliates of Shell Oil Company and by Saudi Refining, Inc.  Motiva's marketing operations support a network of more than 10,000 gasoline stations in the Eastern and Southern United States.


SOURCE Shell Oil Company; Houston Habitat for Humanity

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