Monday, September 27, 2010

Habitat for Humanity ReStore - the OC's Best Kept Secret

Last week I spent a few hours working with Nicole, coordinator of social networking and volunteers for ReStoreOC and had a great time getting a quick tour of their Garden Grove location on Harbor Blvd . While I was aware that Habitat for Humanity had a store, I assumed it was mostly building supplies like paint and molding. Boy was I pleasantly surprised to find out that there is so much more being offered in their stores! I've mentioned ReStoreOC to several people in the past few days and have decided that it's got to be the OC's best kept secret for remodeling or home improvements, because everyone I spoke to was as clueless as I was.  So let me give you a few highlights of some of the treasures you can find:
  • frosted glass tulip shaped light fixtures, chandeliers and other lighting
  • ceramic "bubble gum" ball drawer pulls (bright colors and 5/$1.00! great for kids rooms)
  • Floor rugs, stone tile, bamboo flooring
  • sinks, counter tops, tubs, refrigerators
  • white wooden shutters, doors (interior and exterior)
  • painting supplies, caulk
  • furniture (couches, chairs, desks, tables...)
  • and lots more.
Even with the smallest of budgets for redecorating or remodeling, there are definitely deals to be had.  ReStoreOC accepts donations that are new or gently used from both local businesses and private donors. Keep them in mind if you have items you'd like to get rid of too.

You can keep up-to-date on the latest deals by following them on Twitter.
Habitat for Humanity has ReStores throughout the U.S. and Canada. Proceeds from store sales go to help Habitat for Humanity's local housing projects.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Can You Spare a Pencil? RAOK Special Request

This is a special blog post - one that I don't often do, but was moved by a request I found on today...for pencils.

Today I decided that in between writing assignments and working on a client project, I would find at least one way to perform a Random Act of Kindness (RAOK). So I hopped on Craigslist and began checking out the "wanted" section. The pencil request was the second one I clicked on, and as I read it, it struck me that I could do something to help.  You see, Ms. Harris is a 5th grade teacher in San Diego that is struggling to provide supplies for her students at Edison Elementary (where 75% of the students are low-income, on school breakfast/lunch programs and whose families are unable to send their kids to school with new backpacks and the assorted supplies that parents buy this time of year). But Ms. Harris has a friend/benefactor who is trying to help -- which brings us to the Craigslist ad in which he asked simply for pencils for his friend... to replace the ones she had been using for the last two years that were donated and say "Go Army" on them.

So here we are... me, and you, my readers, trying to figure out how to help. I've done some due diligence (the school is legit, there is also another 3rd grade teacher who has signed up through the Adopt-a-Classroom website, but NO ONE has adopted the class. I checked with two other charities that used to help with requests like this, but was told they have no funds at the moment. So I'm asking... Can you spare a pencil or two? There are 27 students who could use a little RAOK and a hand up from the community.  There are some other items that were requested - items that could so easily be purchased with a corporate sponsor, so if you know one... below is the list I got from Ms. Harris' friend via email- although I am quite sure there are many more items that she and her fellow teachers could use.

Edison Elementary School,  
ATTN: Ms. Harris
4077 35th Street
San Diego, CA 92104-2291
NEED #1 - #2 Pencils
NEED #2 - Body Organ Models
$45 with FREE SHIPPING!!!
NEED #3 - MARKERS - They needs this specific type for their projects.
Single sets can be seen here for $14.50, they would need 27 sets ...   

OR   Full set can be seen here for $128.19 with FREE SHIPPING...
NEED #4  Microscopes that HAVE LIGHTS and not mirrors to illuminate the slide. 
That's all that I know about that I am not already taking care of myself.   Thanks! God bless!
Don (Ms. Harris' friend)

Your support is most appreciated!