Miracle on 95th Montgomery Street

By Carol Larson | Dec 08, 2012

It’s been just 18 months since the Haywood Habitat ReStore opened its doors on Montgomery Street in Waynesville and net profits have already financed the next Habitat house to be built in Haywood County.

“We’d like to thank our volunteers, donors and customers who have made this success possible,” said ReStore Manager Gary Clontz. “Your generosity means one more family will have a Christmas tree in their own home next year, and a chance to build a future based on that opportunity.”

Contributing to the Habitat ReStore is like a gift that keeps on giving. It starts with donors. As people sort through their holiday decorations and find items no longer used, Clontz said, “Think of donating them to the ReStore. Many people are shopping in the store now for holiday decorations and gifts,” he said.

According to Clontz, the store also welcomes appliances, electronics, furniture, cabinetry and household items.

“Many people who shop here are trying to squeeze every dollar. Your donation may provide the miracle for a family who desperately needs a new washer or furniture and here they can find them at a price they can afford.“ Clontz recalled recently setting up a large-screen television that had just been donated. A man walked in, saw the TV and said it would make a perfect Christmas present for his dad whose sight was failing. It was on sale for a price he could afford and he bought it on the spot.

Seniors on a fixed income are also frequent store customers.

“Right now we have an assortment of indoor exercise equipment that can enable folks to keep active indoors when the weather is colder outside,” said Clontz.

“Great things happen here, little miracles for people who need a helping hand," said Clontz, with a smile. “Help us keep that spirit alive and consider donating your unused items. We also welcome anyone willing to donate a few hours a week to work in our store.”

The Habitat ReStore is located at 95 Montgomery St., across from the Sweet Onion Restaurant.  The store is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations that cannot be brought to the store can be scheduled for pick up by calling the store at 246-9135.

To learn more about Haywood Habitat and the ReStore go to www.haywoodhabitat.org.


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