Habitat Happenings

Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStores

 Declutter your Garage 300x225 Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStoresAs last week’s Arctic Blast stranded me, I fought back with a blast of my own—spring cleaning, de-cluttering, and re-organizing my home. I was amazed at what I found cluttering the garage: an unopened box of a lighting fixture, a lovely ceiling fan in working condition, even a garage storage shelving unit I haven’t had time to—nor ever will—assemble. Items that are still good but not useful to me.

It never fails to amaze me how freeing it can be to get rid of unwanted household and building materials. Try it this weekend. Ignore the winter weather, and make a fresh start by spring cleaning and de-cluttering your home. You may find your lost set of keys or holiday gifts that belong in the “re-gifting” pile.

Out with the Old, in with the New

If you don’t want the hassle of a garage sale or yard sale, donate your gently worn, usable, structurally-sound building materials, appliances, and furniture to Habitat’s Raleigh or Cary ReStore and take advantage of:

donate.truckheroimage Spring Cleaning: Donate Household and Building Materials to Habitat ReStoresAlso consider heading to the Wake ReStore for any of your home improvement projects. Shopping Wake ReStores for construction materials for your spring fixer-upper, honey-do, remodeling, or home improvement projects is the perfect place to start. The ReStore has two locations full of quality, yet inexpensive, household and building materials.  Check out the huge variety of tile (of all kinds), MDF board, flooring, cabinets and other building materials at a fraction of retail—or even wholesale—costs. You never know what you will find at the Wake ReStore but you will always find a bargain.

Habitat ReStore is the super thrift store with a mission—a mission to help others, help the environment, and help you get organized!

Wake ReStore is the Charity Partner for Pop Up Sunday on March 23

Pop Up Sunday graphic Wake ReStore is the Charity Partner for Pop Up Sunday on March 23Wake ReStore has been invited to be the charity partner for the March 23rd,  Pop Up Sunday event. POP-UP Sunday is a flea-market style, monthly event that gives local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle, share, interact, and purchase cool, eclectic items. It’s not just art, antiques or food trucks, it’s a collaborative mix of crafters, repurpose artists, those that are environmentally savvy and more! Plus, there is beer!

On the fourth Sunday of the month from March through November, Pop Up Sunday’s takes place in the parking lot of Ornamentea. The event is open to the public and  starts at noon and runs throught to 5 p.m. Located in downtown Raleigh at 509 N. West Street, Raleigh, NC  27603. You can shop for locally made craft items, unique gift ideas and other repuposed finds. You can also enjoy some delicious foods from local food trucks and experience some local brews. On this first event (3/23), these are the local merchants who will be included:

  • Lady and Librarian
  • Quirky Girl
  • Sankofa Vintage Boutique
  • Cockamamie Jewelry & Vintage
  • Art & Vintage
  • Up a Tree, Cup a Tea Co.
  • The Record Crate

Local food /beverage vendors:

  • Chick-N-Que
  • Sweet T’s Cakery
  • Jay’s Italian Ice
  • D’Burritos Fresh Mex
  • RA Jeffrey’s

Wake ReStore is thrilled to be included and will have a booth space during the event. We will be showcasing some simple DIY projects and selling some of our unique finds available for purchase in the ReStore. Plus, as the charity partner, Habitat Wake will benefit from donations and beer proceeds from the event. We will be the recipients of donations collected the whole month through Ornamentea’s Round-UP donation jar and adult beverages purchased while you shop at the Pop Us Sunday event (3/23). Beer vendor is  RA Jeffrey’s and their donation of Lonerider beer for the event.

So, if  you are looking for something to do, come by Ornamentea on Sunday March 23rd! Get your craft on at Pop Up Sunday!


Share the Love Home Dedication with Habitat Wake and Coastal Federal CU

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On Saturday, February 15, Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and Coastal Federal Credit Union held a very special home dedication ceremony at the new Koledji home located in Raleigh, NC. This event was open to the public and had a large attendance from friends, co workers, family, and supporters were present. Coastal Federal Credit Union is the exclusive sponsor of this home construction project, which was generously funded by the company’s fundraising initiative, “Share the Love.” This home is one of 32 being constructed by Habitat Wake and its partners this year.

Coastal Federal Credit Union raised $100,000 for the construction of this home through the support of individuals, Coastal members, and Coastal associates. The “Share the Love” campaign included social media interaction through Facebook and Twitter, as well as numerous fundraising events. The dedication of this home so close to Valentine’s Day fits perfectly with the focus of Coastal’s goal to “Share the Love” within the community. While many will be giving roses and chocolates to their “Valentines,” Coastal Federal Credit Union is partnering with Habitat Wake and the Koledji Family to make the dream of homeownership a reality.

The family is purchasing an affordable, safe home that will make a difference in their lives for years to come. Coastal, Habitat Wake and the Koledji Family broke ground on the home in September 2013. Over the past five months, Coastal employees and the Koledji Family have worked side by side on the construction of this home. Mr. and Mrs. Koledji have completed 250 hours of “sweat equity” in the construction of their home. For nearly 30 years, Habitat Wake has brought people together to build homes, communities and hope.

“Habitat for Humanity of Wake County is one of our very important community partners. They are an organization that is living proof that the American dream of home ownership is still possible- even in today’s uncertain economy. We are pleased to see all of our initiatives to date generate awareness, funds and ultimately, spread our vision of building a new Habitat home for a well-deserving family,” said Chuck Purvis, Coastal Federal Credit Union’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Habitat Wake’s partnership with Coastal Federal has been so successful,” said Kevin Campbell, Habitat Wake President and CEO. “Coastal associates have brought so much enthusiasm and energy to this construction project. The members of Coastal and Koledji families have become close, and the “Share the Love” campaign has become more than just a name,” said Campbell.

If you would like additional information on how to apply to become a Habitat Wake homeowner, click here

Wake ReStore at the Raleigh Spring Home Show

Home Show Logo 15445345 150x116 Wake ReStore at the Raleigh Spring Home ShowThinking about a home improvement project, upgrading your kitchen, remodeling your bath? Then you should consider attending the Raleigh Spring Home Show this weekend! The Home Show features new building products, home improvement ideas, demos, and some great technologies that are designed to improve your home and make life convenient! Get inspired about your next interior and exterior remodeling project at the Raleigh Spring Home Show!

The Raleigh Spring Home Show event is designed for homeowners – who are in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. The show will include home improvement and remodeling exhibits with product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior vignettes. Many of the exhibitors go to great lengths to provide visual, interactive experiences designed to stimulate your creativity and dreams for your home improvement plans

Stop by Booth #34 and say Hello to our Wake ReStore staff! The Wake ReStore should be your first stop for home improvement and remodeling materials! We are the super thrift store with a mission!

Raleigh Spring Home Show DATES:

  • Friday 2/14 from 11 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday 2/15 from 10 am to 8 pm
  • Sunday 2/16 from 10 am to 6 pm

Raleigh Spring Home Show LOCATION:  Raleigh Convention Center,  500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Exhibitor Directory (who will be at the show)

Donate Blood at the Habitat Wake ReStore

Join us on Saturday, February 15th for a blood drive.

The REX Bloodmobile will be at the Habitat Wake Raleigh ReStore from 10 am to 2 pm for those who want to donate blood!

Please join us to donate blood! Your donation can help save a life.

DATE: Saturday, February 15th

TIME: 10 am to 2 pm

LOCATION: Habitat Wake Raleigh ReStore at 2420 N Raleigh Blvd, Raleigh

HOW TO SIGN UP: You can sign up online by clicking HERE or Call: 919-784-4750 (let them know you want to donate at the ReStore)

Did you know …

  • One unit of blood is equal to about a pint and can save up to 3 lives. It takes the body 48 hours for your body to replace donated blood.
  • Only about 40% of the population is eligible to donate blood and less than 5% of the population actually donate. More than 95% of the population will receive blood by the age of 72.
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital will need blood.
  • Healthy adults who are at least 17 years old, and at least 110 pounds may donate about a pint of blood.
  • Females receive 53 percent of blood transfusions; males receive 47 percent.
  • Becoming a volunteer blood donor is an easy way to help save someone’s lifeMaking a differnce to yourself, someone else, and your community!

 Who can Donate Blood?

To give blood, you must:

  • be in generally good health and free of cold or flu symptoms for at least 48 hours before giving blood;
  • not be taking antibiotics for an infection;
  • be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent);
  • weigh at least 110 pounds;
  • bring photo identification or donor card

Blood Type Facts

There are eight different common blood types, which are determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens, which are substances that can trigger an immune response if they are foreign to the human body. Since some antigens can trigger a patient’s immune system to attack the transfused blood, safe blood transfusions depend on careful blood typing and cross-matching.

There are 4 major blood groups determined by the presence or absence of two antigens (A and B) on the surface of red blood cells:

Blood Group Antigen
A Has only A antigen on red cells (and B antibody in the plasma)
B Has only B antigen on red cells (and A antibody in the plasma)
AB Has both A and B antigens on red cells (but neither A nor B antibody in the plasma)
O Has neither A nor B antigens on red cells (but both A and B antibody are in the plasma)


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