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Brad Pitt is determined to save New Orleans

Brad Pitt checks out New Orleans, and he's finally shaved off that horrid beard.
Brad Pitt checks out New Orleans, and he's finally shaved off that horrid beard.

Brad Pitt, who was one of the first celebrities to show up in New Orleans' 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina to help people rebuild and restore their lives to normal, returned yesterday to check out the progress his Make It Right Foundation is actually making.

Make It Right builds safe, sustainable, and affordable homes for families whose houses were ruined by the massive Hurricane and subsequent levee failure five years ago.  The goal of the foundation is to make it possible for people displaced to other parts of the country come back home. 

To date, Make It Right has built more than 50 homes and allowed 200 people to return to the Ninth Ward.

Pitt has worked tirelessly to see this project grow, and proven his loyalty to the residents of the region.  Pitt said when he saw the devastated 9th Ward after Hurricane Katrina, he felt he had to do something to help.  Having a lifelong passion for architecture and building, Pitt formed Make It Right to both fulfill a dream and help save the 9th Ward from federal eminent domain and destruction.

Pitt plans to build 150 homes in the 9th Ward.  All the homes are built using green technology, which uses  safe, sustainable, energy efficient materials that are stronger, safer, and more storm resistant.  Many of the homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina were dilapidated and stood little or no chance of surviving the winds and flooding.

You can help the Make It Right Foundation by purchasing merchandise on its website or making a tax-deductible donation. Maybe Brad will even drop by your place to say thanks!

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