Thursday, July 18, 2024

Hometown: Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrates One Year

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Jamestown Road is celebrating its first anniversary Saturday with some special activities.

The ReStore, located in Colony Square Shopping Center, sells new and gently used building materials and home improvement items at big discounts, between 50 and 90 percent off retail prices. The stores accept donated goods and use all the proceeds to help local Habitat affiliates build homes for low-income citizens.

To celebrate its anniversary Saturday, the ReStore will have in-store sales on products, and the first several customers will receive gift bags. The event will feature a complimentary car wash by the Jamestown High School Key Club, kids’ games organized and run by the College of William & Mary Catholic Campus Ministry, aluminum and metal recycling provided by Habitat, and refreshments compliments of the Toano and Williamsburg chapters of Kiwanis. Kids can also enjoy and inflatable bungee race course.

Since last year, the Williamsburg ReStore has served over 30,000 customers, received donations from over 5,000 households, received the help of thousands of volunteers and diverted countless tons of recyclable items from landfills, according to a press release from Habitat for Humanity.

The Williamsburg ReStore made a net profit in its first year of business and 100 percent of that money was used to build, sell and repair homes for low-income families.

“The wonderful generosity of the volunteers who help run our store on a daily basis has contributed greatly to our success in this community,” said Tina McCabe, Volunteer Coordinator of the Williamsburg ReStore. “Their willingness to help out makes our ReStore dollars go so much further.

“Habitat is still in need of donations and volunteers willing to help. We need people to receive and process donations, assist customers in the store and help locate new donations.”

Old Point National Bank is sponsoring the event, which will take place during the store’s business hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg is a nonprofit serving the communities of Hampton, James City County, Newport News, Williamsburg, York County, and Poquoson. The local affiliate has built, renovated and repaired more than 175 homes since its founding in 1985.

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