Lowe's donation to help launch new Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Sue Guinn Legg • Updated Feb 25, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Lowe’s Home Improvement’s outreach to nonprofits grew by $15,000 Thursday, the value of home building supplies the Johnson City store donated to Holston Habitat for Humanity.

Lainey Howard, who will manage the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore when it opens in Johnson City, said the sinks, cabinets and sturdy composite decking donated by Lowe’s will be a big boost to ReStore’s grand opening.

By reaching out to Holston Habitat for Humanity — the Northeast Tennessee affiliate of the international home building ministry — the local store got in on the ground floor of Habitat’s newest local venture.

Literally, the ground floor.

Like the Habitat Restore in Kingsport, Howard said the new ReStore in Johnson City will be a donation center for new and gently used home-building materials, furniture, appliances, home accessories and other items. The supplies are then sold to the public at a fraction of the retail price to help build more Habitat homes for families locally and around the world.

Howard said Holston Habitat is searching for a location in north Johnson City with plans to open new ReStore here this spring or summer. “We’re accepting donations now for our grand opening,” she said.

Heather Lawson, manager of the administrative department at the Johnson City Lowe’s store, said the $15,000 gift is in keeping with the company’s new motto for 2016.

“Nationwide, our motto this year is ’Helping Customers Love Where They Live,’” she said. “So we’re trying to help our community by reaching out to nonprofits with donations of products, time and labor.”

The store’s 2016 outreach will also include another Lowe’s Heroes Project — where the store’s employees turn out in large numbers and use their skills to help area schools and nonprofit service agencies. “We do one every year and everyone in the store wants to help. We’re reaching out now to select the next project,” Lawson said.

Lowe’s Assistant Manager James Edenfield said the store was more than happy to help. “The community has been good to us so it’s really nice for us to be able to give back some of it.”

Howard invited others who wish to donate to the new Habitat ReStore to call her at 423-202-7755.

More information about Holston Habitat for Human can be found at http://holstonhabitat.org. To learn more about Habitat Restores visit http://www.habitat.org/restores.

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