What Should I Do With My Unused Building Supplies?
Today, my partner Judy Oroshnik and I were out looking at property when she informed me she had to go home for a few minutes. We had to go meet a delivery guy (actually he was picking up) from ReStore, which is the San Gabriel Valley HABITAT FOR HUMANITY store.
Judy had done a renovation to her property a couple of years ago and had a bunch of boxes of ceramic and travertine tile lying around… taking up space in her basement. She decided rather than have these items sit and accumulate dust, she would find somebody who could put it to use. (She actually asked me if I wanted it first, but I knew it would end up collecting dust in my place, too, so I declined). After searching around on the internet, she landed on the Habitat for Humanity site and discovered that they love getting this kind of material, and do pick-ups as well. Sounds like ‘win-win’ to me.
The driver showed up as planned, and carried out the ten boxes of tile. In the back of his truck I saw other items people had donated: a stove, a refrigerator, some lumber, some light fixtures. There were some other things in boxes, I don’t know what.
For those of you who don’t know this group, briefly – they build housing for people who can’t otherwise afford it, or who have had a devastating event wipe out their housing (like the earthquake in Haiti and now Japan). They sell the items donated or they use them in their projects. For more information, here’s the link once again. ReStore. You can get more information at the link – like where the local stores are located and what the organization does in detail.