Haynes visits fruit of 2002 Christmas Jam
Dec. 19, 2003 10:39 p.m.
ASHEVILLE - They seem to have very little in common.
Warren Haynes, famed guitarist and Asheville native who splits his time between playing with the legendary Allman Brothers and the band he founded, Gov't Mule.
And Ebrahim and Rezvan Ebrahimnajad, an Iranian couple of the Baha'i faith who came to United States two years ago with their two sons as refugees seeking religious and political freedom.
But Haynes and the Ebrahimnajads came together Friday to celebrate the Ebrahimnajads' new home, built with money Haynes and his fellow musicians raised.
"Amazing," Haynes said. "To know that musicians got together and donated their time and energy, and it turned into this."
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity built the home using $70,000, money raised at Haynes' annual Christmas Jam last year. The money paid for the land and all the materials in the Ebrahimnajads' new three-bedroom home, said Lew Kraus, executive director of Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.
Haynes got a first look at the house Friday afternoon. He also met the Ebrahimnajads.
Over the years, Haynes' annual Christmas Jam has raised more than $140,000 for Habitat.
The Ebrahimnajads' new home still needs a little work. But the family is already excited.
"I'm really happy to have my own home," said 11-year-old Erfan Ebrahimnajad as he surveyed his bedroom. "I've got two windows."
"You can't put words on it," said Pat Bacon, family services coordinator for Habitat. Haynes' contribution "is money, but it's home for somebody."
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