Lucas Citarelli and Thomas Pappas (both from Mt. Lakes) helping out at Morris Habitat ReStore’s 6th Anniversary event. While originally signing up to fulfill school required volunteer hours, both agreed that is was a nice feeling to be helping people and that this day, in particular, allowed them to meet lots of “nice” people.
On May 4, the parking lot of Morris Habitat’s ReStore was quickly filling up. Some people were eating breakfast in their cars and then lining up before the doors opened to get the best selection and savings of the day. Within five minutes of opening, more than 70 people had passed through the doors; by the end of the day, better than 1,000 came to browse and shop; that is nearly six times the normal traffic for a Saturday. This event set a new sales record.
Six years ago, few knew anything about a “ReStore.” Now, many in the area know the Morris Habitat ReStore is a resource for new or gently used furniture, building supplies, appliances and more. All the merchandise is donated (with donors getting a tax receipt) and pickups of larger items can be scheduled ahead of time. Since first opening its doors, the ReStore has helped raised enough funding to build eight Morris Habitat homes and has kept more than 3,000 tons of materials out of landfills.
Information was available from Coming Home Rescue and College Hunks Hauling, and there was a blood drive. Girl Scout Troop No. 258 handed out trees to help the environment.
The success of the day, from planning, to logistics, food shopping, parking, sales help, loading cars, staffing booths and more, goes to the over 25 volunteers and the dedicated staff who worked tirelessly that day (and weeks before ) to ensure an enjoyable, smoothly run event! Rick Ostberg, Restore director said “The ReStore loves big events and the anniversary celebration is the happiest of the big events. Thanks to those volunteers who helped out and the customers who flooded into the store to get good deals and help us build affordable housing.”
Ritchies’s Music, Taylor Rental and Costco donated food and other items.
ReStore is located at 274 South Salem St., Randolph, NJ 07869. It is open Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cash, debit cards, Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Donation drop offs can be made during store hours, or for larger items call (973) 366-3358 to schedule a pickup. To learn more about the ReStore and upcoming sales go to www.morrisrestore.org.
About Morris Habitat for Humanity
Morris Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing agency dedicated to providing decent, affordable housing for low-income families in Morris County and the surrounding New Jersey area. Through volunteer labor and donations of money and materials, Morris Habitat builds and rehabilitates houses in partnership with families in need. Since 1985 Morris Habitat has served 254 households though home ownership opportunities, home preservation, and international home building programs. In addition, proceeds from our ReStore, opened May 2007, have built 8homes and diverted over 3,000 tons of useable material out of landfills. For more information about Morris Habitat call 973-891-1934 or visit www.morrishabitat.org
About Morris Habitat ReStore
Operated by Morris Habitat for Humanity, the ReStore sells donated building supplies and furnishings at huge savings off normal retail costs. Proceeds from the store have funded the construction of eight houses since 2007. Information on donating, volunteering, or any other aspect of the ReStore can be found on its website at www.morrisrestore.org or by calling (973) 366-3358.