Habitat hosting annual donation drive

Habitat hosting annual donation drive

April 20th, 2011 by Rebecca Miller in Community Downtown

There are only 10 days left in the fourth annual Spring Donation Drive, during which donators have the chance to win a $500 Lowe's Home Improvement gift card.

"The purpose of the drive is to get as many building materials recycled as we can," said Tina Shaw Cook, director of ReStore operations for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. "As people start spring cleaning in their attics or garages, I feel this is a good place to donate old building materials."

Mark Brakefield, superintendent for Strauss, and Tina Shaw Cook, director of ReStore operations, oversee construction of the new ReStore for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga.

Photo by Rebecca Miller/Times Free Press.

This year, Habitat is partnering with the Hixson Lowe's. The individual, company or contractor to donate materials of the most cumulative monetary value will win a $500 Lowe's gift card. Donations can be left at the Hixson Lowe's or at the ReStore's temporary location at 3126 Alton Park Blvd.

ReStore needs building materials like doors, lumber and nails. However, donations of indoor and outdoor furniture, cars, boats and even recreation items such as bicycles, kayaks and canoes are also welcome. For a list of acceptable donations visit www.habichatt.org.

"This is such an outdoor community," Cook said. "So, when [citizens] are upgrading their gear this summer, ReStore is a great place to donate the old gear."

The new ReStore, scheduled for a grand opening July 28, will be able to hold more donations than ever before, and will continue its mission of helping residents in the community build their futures starting with a new home. Cook said Habitat is still about $125,000 shy of funds for the new building, which is the first 'green' ReStore anywhere in North America.