SAUK RAPIDS -- Counter tops, light fixtures and windows are just a few items pouring in to a St. Cloud non-profit organization.

The Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) team is hard at work this season gathering items for its ReStore. The ReStore is a discount store ran by CMHFH.

Area home owners often call the organization when they plan to renovate or rebuild their home, a team of construction volunteers will come out to their house and haul away any items the organization and home owner agreed to donate. Volunteer manager, Melanie Blake says this a great way to recycle items.

"All of this product, rather than it going into a landfill, the home owner that is donating it gets the benefit of the tax deductible donation, by donating their product to the ReStore and then we put it in the ReStore to sell to the public," says Blake.

The team will be working at a Sauk Rapids home Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. The home owners are planning on rebuilding their home and decided to donate most of the current fixtures in the house.

Construction manager, Art Buhs says you'd be surprised by how many items they will take as a donation.

"The doors, the casing, the closet shelving and poles and the cabinetry is a big item, stair railings, and all the appliances that are accessible or available," says Buhs.

All of the donated items are only sold in the ReStore, none of the donated products are used while building a Habitat for Humanity Home but Blake says the ReStore does contribute to building homes for those in need.

"As we sell the product, those proceeds then go to our organization and into then building more houses for local low-income people," says Blake.

Depending on the size of the home about 5-8 volunteers help with the deconstruction process.

If you are planning on renovating or rebuilding your home and would like to donate material to the ReStore visit the organization's website by clicking here

Chrissy Gaetke, WJON
Chrissy Gaetke, WJON

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