The owner of a Tipton County house once owned by President Barack Obama’s ancestors is collecting supplies to send to U.S. troops.

The Dunham House in Kempton is trying to recruit 100 businesses, organizations and individual residents in the Kokomo and Tipton areas to help with the supply drive, house owner Shawn Clements said.

Businesses that participate will place boxes for people to drop off donations. Clements will collect the items by Sept. 11 to give to U.S. troops.

The goal, he said, is to give the donations to soldiers before they ship out of the country in order to avoid the international delivery costs.

One Howard County business, Eriks Chevrolet, has joined in so far, he said. There are several businesses and organizations participating in Tipton County.

Clements asks participants to contact the Dunham House so he can keep tabs on who is participating, but it is not mandatory. He can be reached at 317-491-3757 or at thedunhamhouse@hotmail.com.

The Dunham House has been undergoing historical preservation since Clements bought the home in 2004. He learned soon after moving Dunham family members were ancestors of Obama’s mother. The president visited the home during his 2008 campaign.

• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at daniel.human@ kokomotribune.com.

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