- Posted by Lauren
By Marianne Lynch, Executive Director
As I was researching this month’s blog, I found all sorts of articles about donating items to charity – the do’s and don’ts, the eight items charities need, how to give to a cause, etc. They were all well-written articles, and as I read them I noticed a theme appearing that certainly resonated with me and the ReStore team. In culling through them, I found that each author addressed a concern that some ReStore donors face when they call to schedule a donation pick-up.
Habitat is very grateful for those individuals who choose to donate to the store – we know that you have many options. We are very happy to make it as convenient as possible, providing a free pick-up service, convenient drop-off hours and a list of acceptable items on our website and in our brochure.
At times, when donors learn that the ReStore will not take a particular item due to age or condition, they become frustrated with Habitat for Humanity. Sometimes they feel that the organization should be willing to take all items offered. In a perfect world, we would, but the reality is that we cannot take everything given – nor should we, if we want to fulfill our mission.
I know it might be a little shocking to hear a charitable organization say this, but please hear me out. Habitat’s mission provides dignity for those in need of housing by creating partnerships that empower people to help themselves. The homes we build are affordable and simply built, but they are also beautiful and functional. This philosophy of providing dignity to those in need spills over to our ReStore as well. We want to honor each customers’ dignity by providing a shopping experience that allows them to find something beautiful and functional to complement or improve their living space.