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Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives! "We're Excited At Habitat!"

Building Homes! Rebuilding Lives!
"We're Excited At Habitat!"

"These are exciting times at Habitat," says Sherry Brown-Cooper,
Executive Director for Humanity of Washington County. "We've just signed a lease for ReStore in Hagerstown!"
The former Coca-Cola bottling plant at 100 Charles Street will be the new ReStore location and the new home for the Habitat for Humanity administrative offices. The location search committee had been looking for the right property since October of 2007. The space fits all of the ReStore requirements and the owner is working hard to make the space perfect for Habitat's operation. Plans are in place to open the new ReStore by spring of 2009.
ReStore will be a great benefit to the community. It will provide funds for Habitat for Humanity to build more homes, make building supplies available at a lower cost for the general public, and help to reduce the amount of material going to the landfill. ReStore accepts donations of overstocked, discontinued, new, and gently used building materials, tools, home furnishings, appliances, and more. These donated products are then sold by ReStore to the general public at a substantially reduced cost. Profits from the sales are used by Habitat for Humanity to build decent, affordable housing in Washington County for low-income families.
Habitat of Washington County needs help from individuals and businesses to make the opening a success. In addition to building material donations, ReStore needs a variety of items to help display and move the merchandise, such as:
* A variety of shelving
* Pallet jack
* Forklift truck
* Furniture dollies
* Cash register
* Display cabinets
* Shelving or materials to build shelving
* Pricing guns, label makers, and adding machines with tape
Your support will provide:
* Resource for recovering reusable supplies
* A method to keep materials out of the waste stream
* Profits to build new Habitat homes
* Benefits for the community
* Quality materials for your projects at deep discounts.
Habitat ReStore accepts contributions of new and used materials from individuals, contractors and retail building supply stores. Contributors avoid hauling costs and receive a tax deduction, since Habitat For Humanity is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
The merchandise at ReStore is deeply discounted. This gives homeowners an opportunity to maintain their property. When individual property is maintained, neighborhoods are stronger, crime rates decrease, and overall pride rises in the community. The entire city becomes a better place to live.
The profits from our sales are used to fund Habitat For Humanity's mission of providing quality homes for low-income families and eliminating sub-standing housing in our community.
Habitat is ready to accept donated items for ReStore at this time. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation, please contact Diana Stone at 240-420-2856 or Teddi Garrison at 301-714-0067.
With your participation, this effort will strengthen our community and help build decent houses in decent communities for those in need.

William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.

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