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Celebrating 20 Years Of Habitat For Humanity: ReStore Holds More Than Junk

A visit to the Door County Habitat for Humanity ReStore could really mean anything. Maybe you’re donating that clunky old dresser you never use, or recycling an old television. Maybe you’re looking for a comfy rocking chair for your front porch. Or maybe, you’re just curious.

On Saturday, about 100 people visited the ReStore to help Door County Habitat for Humanity celebrate its 20th anniversary but they got much more than cake and punch.

There was a buzz of conversation and a birdhouse building station. People wandered about, entering to win door prizes and browsing the ReStore inventory. From couches to tables to lighting fixtures to cabinetry, the ReStore offers a wide variety of donated items that it sells for very low prices. All of the proceeds from ReStore sales go to support Habitat’s mission.

 Habitat for Humanity Board President Mike Stephani says one Habitat goal is to build an entire house with items donated to the ReStore. “Right now, we’ve got about half of a house,” he says.

The ReStore also recycles electronics for a small fee. In total, the ReStore keeps about 10,000 pounds of junk out of landfills each month. Executive Director Rick Nelson says besides the charitable and environmental aspects of the operation, there is a social component to the ReStore. “People will bring donations here because they know it’ll help someone else out,” says Nelson.

Helping people out is one of Habitat for Humanity’s specialties.  This year the organization plans to build its 35th and 36th homes and do some roofing repairs and install a wheelchair ramp or two at homes in Door County. 

Stephani asks that you help out in any way that you can, be it pounding a few nails, painting a few walls or donating your used furniture, appliances and building materials to the ReStore instead of throwing it out.

Full time volunteer Kevin Clark constructs a birdhouse during the 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on 14th Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

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