Habitat launches alternative gift giving

Article Published: Dec. 10, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Habitat launches alternative gift giving

Honor a family member or friend this holiday season with a donation to Watauga County Habitat for Humanity.

The organization launched an Alternative Gift-Giving Program this year to raise funds to develop and pay for recently acquired land near Green Valley Elementary School.

Watauga Habitat and volunteers worked to get one family into a home before the Thanksgiving holiday and now have three families waiting for houses.

Through the gift-giving program, supporters make a donation and complete the form printed below. Then Watauga Habitat volunteers will send the honorees a personalized Habitat for Humanity holiday card before Dec. 25. A minimum donation of $25 is suggested.

To put the cost of building into perspective, habitat provided a list of approximate costs. A box of nails is $25, storm door, $150, kitchen sink $100, front porch, $1,500, child's bedroom $3,000, carpet and vinyl flooring, $2,000, and a roof, $3,500. The average habitat house costs a total of $70,000. It is well built and energy efficient to provide families homes that are low maintenance and have low utility costs.

Alternative Gift-Giving Program donations must be made prior to Dec. 15 in order for recipients to receive the holiday card.

Additional forms are available at http://www.wataugahabitat.org under the Gifts from the Heart section or by visiting the ReStore location on Old U.S. 421 in Boone or by calling (828) 268-9545.

Watauga Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1987 with a mission to provide decent, affordable housing to low-income Watauga County residents. The organization has since built 20 homes in Watauga. Habitat offers zero interest mortgages to the homeowners. Homes are sold at no profit.

Watauga Habitat also operated the ReStore, located on Old U.S. 421 in Boone. The store accepts new and used building-related materials from contractors, suppliers, individuals, remodelers, and property managers. These materials are refurbished and offered to the general public to purchase at reduced prices. This helps keep reusable materials out of the waste stream and provides a revenue stream for building energy efficient homes for low-income families in need.

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