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article imageHigh River couple gets new home after the flood - for free!

By Paula Kirman     Feb 27, 2014 in World
High River - A couple in High River, Alberta, has a new home thanks to the generosity of Calgary country singer Jason Hastie and his wife Gina.
Dave and Verna Roberts lost their home in the extreme flooding that took place in parts of southern Alberta in June of 2013. They replied to Hastie's posting on Kijiji, one of thousands of replies to a contest the singer was holding to give away a free home to a family in need. Ultimately, Hastings made the difficult decision to give the home to the couple.
People wanting the house had to provide at least one letter of reference. The Roberts' provided hundreds of heartfelt letters, which helped Hastie and his wife make the decision.
Included with the house are the moving costs. The house is expected to be relocated to High River within a few months.
The house belonged to Hastie and his wife, and instead of tearing down the house (the couple wanted to build a new home on their lot), they decided to give it away.
Tragedy has unfortunately been a part of the Roberts' lives even before losing their home. Six months prior, their 31-year-old son Kyle died in a car crash. Insurance did not cover the loss of their home, and the provincial disaster recovery program only provided $14,000.
According to this news report, the Roberts' are planning a huge house warming party and have invited Hastie and his band to provide entertainment.
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