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Subdivision Donation Drive to continue through summer and early fall

By Ben Calwell, Metro Reporter
BEN CALWELL | Putnam Review
Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam ReStore Director Amy McLaughlin urges residents of Putnam County’s subdivisions to register for Habitat’s Repurpose for a Purpose Subdivision Drive. Gently used furniture, home goods and building materials will be accepted. To register your address, visit www.RepurposeforaPurpose.com. Volunteer subdivision “captains” are also sought.
The Teays Valley ReStore opened about six months ago at 3554 Teays Valley Road, in the Mid Valley Square shopping center. Sales from the ReStore help fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s recent donation drive that focused on some of Putnam County’s residential subdivisions was so successful that the pilot project will now continue through the summer, ending in late September.

Co-sponsored by the new Teays Valley ReStore, the Repurpose for a Purpose Subdivision Donation Drive completed its inagural run on May 20. During that drive, trucks from the Teays Valley ReStore picked up donations of items from homes on specified Saturdays within nine of the 33 subdivisions that were chosen to participate.

The remaining 24 subdivisions are scheduled for Saturdays through September. The donations of furniture, home goods and building materials to the Teays Valley ReStore help fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of “building homes, community and hope.”

ReStore Director Amy McLaughlin said the initial Repurpose for a Purpose drive went well. ReStore trucks visited nine subdivisions over a three-weekend period.

“We’re hoping that it will grow,” McLaughlin said.

The next phase of the donation drive begins Saturday, June 3, in the Castleknock Ridge, Crystal Springs and Hodges Place subdivisions.

To help get the word out in the chosen subdivisions, the ReStore is seeking volunteer “captains” from each subdivision. Each captain will distribute information about the Repurpose for a Purpose donation drive through such avenues as door hangers, social media, email and yard signs.

To help entice captains to sign up, there will be “captain’s gifts” available to them. Volunteers can choose either a handcrafted necklace by Ricardina Jewelry Designs or a numbered print from JP Owens Art. Captains will also receive invitations to the private Captain’s Party in October.

McLaughlin said artist JP Owens of Putnam County created artwork that reflects the Habitat for Humanity theme.

“He made an original piece of art. It’s really cool; it’s like a Habitat house with a house shape, and it has a heart in the middle. The jewelry maker did the same design, a house with a heart on a necklace,” she said.

Volunteers can sign up to be captains by visiting www.RepurposeforaPurpose.com. Donors can also schedule a pick-up by visiting the same website.

“Anything they want to do with the program, they can contact us throught that.”

When Habitat trucks visit a particular subdivision in the coming months, residents can flag them down, but McLaughlin said it’s easier if they register their addresses ahead of time via the RepurposewithaPurpose.com website. At the website, residents can find their subdivisions, click on it and register.

Donors can also schedule a pick-up of items anywhere in Kanawha or Putnam counties by calling 304-720-8733, ext. 3.

ReStore donations are also tax-deductible.

“We can take building materials, home goods and furniture,” she said. “It has to be in gently used condition. We have to be able to resell it.”

The ReStore cannot accept oil-based paints, children’s toys or matresses and box springs.

The remaining pick-up schedule is as follows:

• June 3: Castleknock Ridge, Crystal Springs and Hodges Place

• June 10: Friendship Way, Radwin Woods, Courtyard Estates and Westland Estates

• June 24: Leslie Place, Thistlewood Circle and Fox Run

• July 15: Beechwood Estates, Morefield Place and Litchfield Place

• July 29: Maplewood Estates and Bell Acres

• Aug. 5: Hidden Valley Estates, Oakwood Estates and Brookside Estates

• Aug. 19: Woodclyffe Chase and New London Commons

• Sept. 9: SouthBrooke, Mill Creek Crossing ad Meadowbrook

• Sept. 23: Bloomingdale.

Since opening last November, the Teays Valley ReStore, 3554 Teays Valley Road, in the Mid Valley Square shopping center, across from Hurricane City Park, is doing well, McLaughlin said.

“The donors are awesome -- everything in the store is awesome stuff. And we have repeat customers who come in once a week. The whole Teays Valley area has been very welcoming.”

Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam actually started in Putnam County 25 years ago, McLaughlin said. After a few years, it moved its operations to Charleston.

The Teays Valley ReStore is an effort to stay connected with the Putnam County area.

“We’ve continued to build (houses) in Putnam County,” she said.

The Teays Valley ReStore serves as Habitat’s Putnam County “outpost.”

“People who are interested in applying for a Habitat house can come here and get information so that they don’t have to drive to Charleston. Habitat requires sweat equity, so they can do sweat equity here.”

McLaughlin described the Teays Valley ReStore as more of a “boutique” store when compared to the main ReStore in Charleston.

Lynn Fenimore of St. Albans stopped in to shop and was impressed with what she saw.

“This place is awesome,” Fenimore said.

Donations are accepted year-round at the Teays Valley ReStore. Donations can be dropped off during regular business hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about the Repurpose for a Purpose Subdivision Drive, visit www.RepurposeforaPurpose.com or call 304-881-0262.


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