Restocking the Re-Store, helping to fund new homes

With items donated to Habitat for Humanity

Preston Hunter, one of several volunteers at the River City Habitat for Humanity ReStore prepares to reattach a leg onto the wood stove before him. Typically this area is filled with kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, but is currently empty.

Preston Hunter, one of several volunteers at the River City Habitat for Humanity ReStore prepares to reattach a leg onto the wood stove before him. Typically this area is filled with kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, but is currently empty. Photo by Julie Smith.

River City Habitat for Humanity’s Habitat Re-Store resale shop is in need of donations, including things such as appliances, furniture and home decor.

The Re-Store shop is open to the general public and resells donations to raise money to fund River City Habitat for Humanity’s home builds for low-income families in the area.

“A lot of people want to support Habitat, but may not be able to make a cash contribution,” said Jim Hofmann, Re-Store volunteer manager. “They can still help build Habitat homes by donating or shopping the Re-Store.”

Kelly Smith, executive director of River City Habitat for Humanity, said tax refunds are a big thing this time of year.

“Sometimes people do remodeling or get new appliances and things like that, so if they would consider donating, if they still work, their used ones to the Re-Store,” she said.

The only donations not being accepted are televisions that aren’t the modern flat-panel type.

Habitat Re-Store opened in 1999 and is open three half days a week — from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday and Saturday mornings, and from 12:30-5 p.m. Fridays.

Smith said people can bring their donations to the store located at 1420 Creek Trail Drive, or people can call 635-6106 to have their donations picked up.

“We had a really big year last year,” Smith said. “We sold eight Habitat houses last year, and we’re working on our 80th local house and a good way for people to support that build would be to consider donating to the store.”

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