As the weather turns warmer, many Bucks residents turn to spring cleaning. But what should you do with the all the stuff that results from decluttering your closets? ReStore by Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County is ready to help.
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ReStore is a thrift store and an income generating arm of Habitat for Humanity in Bucks County. The two stores located in Chalfont and Langhorne receive new and gently used donations from residents, businesses and contractors and resell the merchandise. Habitat for Humanity uses all proceeds from sales to build and repair homes right in Bucks County.
In 2017, ReStore received 12,000 donations. That amount, if it had been discarded instead of donated for reuse, would have added 2.5 million pounds to landfills. Instead, it generated funds that built new homes and repaired several others. To date, over 1 million dollars has been raised, supporting the mission of building strength, stability and independence for working families.
ReStore accepts a wide variety of merchandise including furniture, home décor, windows and coverings, outdoor gear, tools and hardware. Appliances and electronics should be in working condition. In general, all items should be new or gently used and in resalable condition. A complete listing of donation guidelines is available on their website or by clicking here.
The stores are currently gearing up for their spring donation drives. Donations drop offs are available at either location. To schedule a free pickup, call (215) 822-2708. Go a step further and schedule a pickup for your whole community. Check the online Spring Donation Drive page for help in organizing the event and be sure to use their Room-by-Room Spring Cleaning guide available here.
Don’t have a lot of stuff to donate, but interested in supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity? Direct financial contributions are always accepted and can be made online through the website at https://www.habitatbucks.org/donate-now.
ReStore is also a great place to shop and find something new for your home (now that you have more room). Each store maintains an active Facebook page where they list unique inventory items, sales and special events at the store.
You don’t need to swing a hammer to help with this arm of Habitat for Humanity. ReStore sites always need volunteers to help in a variety of ways. Available positions include cashier, donation intake, inventory setup and sales ambassador. Apply online or contact Rosemary Huether, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or (215) 822-2812 x313. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and groups are also welcome to apply.
By Betsy Natter