Food donations needed for new Habitat homes

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Bedford Builds Habitat for Humanity is asking for your help to help others.

The nonprofit home builder and seller wants to stock the kitchen pantries of two new houses that will be dedicated to low-income families this fall, said executive director Pam Birtcil.

“We are looking for partners to help us fill their pantries,” Birtcil said, adding that supplying a house is a big expense for new residents.

Work = house

Habitat residents have worked 350 hours to build the house, saved $750 for closing costs, taken financial classes and buy the house with a 0-percent-interest loan. Habitat does not give away homes, Birtcil said.

Habitat could use money to buy the pantry items, she said. Or, starting Sept. 15, donors may drop off items at their office. Items that are needed include baking supplies (sugar, flour, cornmeal, spices and so forth); canned goods; dry goods (such as macaroni and cheese, oatmeal and so forth); and cleaning supplies.

Habitat’s address is 107 W. Cedar St. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 122, Shelbyville, TN 37162. The phone number is 931-684-4300.

Garage sale

Habitat also needs donations to support its indoor “garage sale” operation, Birtcil said. The nonprofit needs donations of items like apppliances, doors, fixtures, flooring, home goods, lighting, pictures to hang on the wall, vanities and unique items to decorate a house.

The garage sale is open from 8 a.m.-noon Monday-Saturday. Donations are tax-deductible and will support the construction of new houses.