Habitat ReStore celebrates Earth Day and 5th year anniversary

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! These three words are certainly the main focus of the ReStore’s Earth Day and 5th Year Anniversary Open House celebration on April 27.

“What makes Habitat for Humanity ReStores green? In 2012, Habitat for Humanity ReStores in the U.S. kept an estimated 200,000 tons of usable items out of the landfill. That is a lot of building materials, furniture, appliances and household items that were given a second life and aren’t clogging up our landfills. We give many thanks to our generous donors who thought twice about just tossing their reusable items to the curb. If something you don’t want any more has some life left in it, think of the Habitat ReStore!” said Jenny Thorsen, the ReStore manager.

“The Earth Day celebration has always been a fun and educational day focused on raising community awareness of the ReStore’s environmental goal,” she said.

The Habitat ReStore is a community project retailing donated building materials to the general public at 50 to 70 percent off of full retail prices.

The Habitat ReStore accepts contributions of new and gently-used materials from individuals, contractors and retail building supply stores.

Contributors avoid hauling costs and receive a tax deduction while diverting salvageable items from local landfill and proceeds from the sale of these materials help support the building mission of Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, Thorsen explained.

In conjunction with Earth Day 2013, the ReStore is also celebrating its 5th year in operation. The community of Williamsport is invited to participate in the celebration that will take place throughout the day on April 27.

Participants can take part in the treasure hunt of free ReStore items and see what you come away with. Enjoy free hot dogs and drinks while supplies last.

When you shop, donate or volunteer at your local Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity ReStore, you are helping to build homes, community and hope for families right in your neighborhood.

For more information about the day’s celebration or about donating to the ReStore, please call 322-2515 or visit our website at: