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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Habitat store needs more donations
Items sold to raise money to build more homes
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Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston: Donations like this one are needed by the Habitat Store to be sold to raise money for the building of houses.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Habitat for Humanity's Restore is in need of donations of new and used building supplies for the construction of houses in Franklin County.

The Habitat store, located behind the United Way office on South Main Street in Rocky Mount, survives from commercial and personal donations from people throughout the county.

New and used furniture, appliances, home decor and anything else that would be used to complete a home can be delivered to the store. Anyone donating items will receive a receipt to file with their taxes.

"Habitat does not place value on the items for tax purposes," said Joe Brightwell, habitat store volunteer.

"The individual needs to put their own value on the items."

Donated items are sold inside the store at a fraction of their worth, and the money, as well as some of the supplies, is then used to build habitat homes, he said. All the money made from the local store stays in Franklin County.

"We just sold a bathroom set worth $6,500 for $250 and a jacuzzi tub worth $1,800 for $150," said Brightwell. "People save a tremendous amount of money by coming here."

This time last year, the store was completely full of donated items for sale.

"We got a lot of commercial donations and cabinetry last year," said Brightwell.

Lately, donations have been down drastically and the store is in great need of supplies.

"You can't give me enough stuff to sell," said Brightwell. "I love selling items for Habitat and making as much money as I possibly can for them."

The store has gained regular customers as the word is getting out about its location and its goal.

"Since July of 2011, the amount of people stopping by has probably quadrupled," said Brightwell. "Word of mouth and great pricing brings them (customers) into the store several times a week. We never know what items we're going to get or when we will get them. The thing to do is just stop by and see."

"If I had a dollar for everybody that walked through the door and said they had no idea we were here, we could build a couple more Habitat houses," he added.

Habitat builds around two or three homes a year in Franklin County. The first two homes were built in Glade Hill about 15 years ago.

The county's 19th Habitat home has just been finished, according to Charles Wagner, who heads up Habitat for the county.

"We would not be where we are today without Charles Wagner," said Barbara Garst, former president of Habitat for Humanity in Franklin County.

Volunteers, including inmates with construction skills, help build the houses.

"The last few homes have been built on Diamond Avenue Extension," said Brightwell.

The store is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"We will also pick up your donations if we need to," he added. "We would be very appreciative of any and all donations."

For more information on Habitat or to arrange the pick-up of donations, call the Habitat office at 540-483-8884.

 
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