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ReStore Donations: The Lifecycle of A Donation

Colorful graphic or homes and perople shoping, donating, and volunteering for Habitat Restore.

Welcome, 2024! As we embark on the new year, it's a great chance to start fresh, revitalize your surroundings, and make a positive change. One great way to do this is by cleaning, decluttering your living space, and donating to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Not only does this help to create a more organized and spacious living environment, but it also benefits fellow community members.

The ReStore is a home improvement store that accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, home improvement products, building materials, and more. By choosing to donate to the ReStore, you can make a real difference in your local community in several ways. The donation lifecycle is beneficial not only to you, the donor, but also to shoppers, the environment, and local families in our Habitat for Humanity homeownership programs. By keeping these donated items out of landfills, the ReStore has saved a whopping 18.4 million pounds of waste to date. This means that by donating to the ReStore, you are promoting sustainable and eco-friendly shopping practices. In addition, the most significant impact of your donation is that all proceeds from sales benefit the construction and renovation of affordable homes in the community, helping to provide safe and stable housing.

White Restore donation truck for Habitat for Humanity

The lifecycle of a donation begins at home. Whether you have a large donation item, such as a couch or household appliance, or a small donation, such as home decor and housewares, our process is quick, easy, and efficient. For large donations requiring two people and a truck, please fill out our free donation pick-up form. Simply fill out your contact information, description of your item(s), and preferred pick-up time with our convenient online form. Our friendly and professional staff will arrive at the pick-up location on time and ready to help. If scheduling a pickup, we request that donations be located on the first floor or ground level of your home with no more than two or three steps. For small donations, simply box them up and bring them to the ReStore during donation center hours.

Inside of Habitat Restore. Couches and furniture

The next phase of the donation lifecycle begins with our ReStore bargain shoppers, DIY enthusiasts, and home improvement lovers. Your donated items will become a ReStore shopper’s treasure. Your item will find its new home and be revitalized with new life. One of our shoppers, Deborah, says, “I love the ReStore. The inventory changes daily. You never know what you will find. I have donated many items and bought many more. The staff is great and always helpful. It is a great cause and a fun shopping experience rolled into one”. We are so happy to provide an affordable, sustainable, and enjoyable shopping experience to community members.

deserving and hardworking family being rewarded with a home

The final phase of the donation lifecycle occurs outside of the ReStore within our parent organization, Habitat for Humanity of Chester County—the proceeds from your donations go directly to constructing new, affordable homes in Chester County and repairs or rehabilitation of the current housing bank. Although some may think of the ReStore as simply a home improvement store, the larger mission of affordable housing is truly a full-circle moment. The lifecycle of a donation begins with an unwanted household item and ends with a deserving and hardworking family being rewarded with a home base from which to explore the world.

As you are starting the new year and taking some time to clean and declutter your space, please consider donating any unwanted household items to the ReStore. Your donation provides a tangible difference in the lives of others in your community. By doing so, you'll not only feel the reward of a tidy household, but also the warmth and love of knowing that a local family has achieved affordable homeownership. Here's to a happy and fresh start to the new year! Please visit our website to learn more about the Chester County ReStores and our donation guidelines.


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