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Habitat for Humanity open store on the Westside
The aftermath of a shopping excursion can leave one with a feeling of buyer’s remorse, but a new store on the Westside helps to quell those thoughts with its overall mission to improve lives in the community.
On Feb. 1, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus opened ReStore, 240 N. Wilson Road, in the Great Western Shopping Center.
ReStore not only sells new and used goods to the public at discounted prices, but channels the proceeds back into the surrounding area.
The money generated from sales helps support Habitat’s mission to rescue low-income families from poor housing situations and build safe and affordable homes.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus helped build 250 homes since its arrival to Franklin County 25 years ago.
According to E.J. Thomas, chief executive officer for the local Habitat affiliate, the organization built 22 homes last year and plans to build another 25 homes in 2012.
In order to accomplish these goals, they need help from the community. They need volunteers to build the homes and seek material donations for the ReStore.
Thomas said the ReStore is seeking donations of new or reusable goods and home remodeling materials from homeowners, contractors and businesses.
The ReStore also accepts appliances, furniture, electronics and landscaping materials. Items not accepted include used paint, used shower doors, used toilets or anything that is deemed in poor condition.
Donations are tax deductible and larger items can be scheduled for pickup.
As for shoppers, do-it-yourselfers, or bargain hunters, Thomas said the inventory changes on a daily basis.
The ReStore is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
For information on the ReStore, visit www.restorecolumbus.org; for information on Habitat for Humanity of Greater Columbus, visit www.habitatcolumbus.org.
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