Habitat for Humanity’s ‘ReStore’ offers purchases for a purpose

After all the hurricanes, COVID, and other challenges we have faced in South Mississippi, many of us know first-hand and all too well the meaning of the word ‘restore.’

Habitat for Humanity of the Gulf Coast has generated an all-new meaning of the word through it’s two ReStores on the Coast.

Our Mississippi Gulf Coast is home to two Habitat for Humanity ReStores, the first opened in Gulfport five years ago, the second is perched here in Ocean Springs off Highway 90, it’s been up and running since last summer after COVID caused a slight delay in its original opening date. Store Manager Angie Cozzucoli said, “We’ve got appliances that come in-washers, driers, refrigerators. We also have those new. We also have furniture and building supplies.”

All purchases are for a purpose. Administrator Coordinator Kayte Bledsoe said, “We are one of the biggest fundraisers for Habitat for Humanity. All of the donations and the purchases go directly back into the community to help us build houses.”

Something Bledsoe has seen first-hand. “I’m not very handy, but I’ve done the trim. I’ve done the painting and have seen the process from laying the cement to actually putting the roof on.”

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore accepts gently used donations such as electronics and appliances. You can drop them off on the side of the building. Pick up is available in some cases. “Larger items-if it’s something you can’t carry in yourself, we do offer a free donation pick up. All you have to do is call the hotline, and we’ll schedule you.”

Donations are tax deductible and for all you shoppers out there: “Gone tomorrow. Yes, it goes quickly. Usually same day or the next, so if you see it, it’s a good idea to get it that day.”

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