- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The recent trend in shopping for a cause has been a blessing for the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Lexington so much that they have decided to add extra hours of operation during the week.

The store is now open four days a week, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Frank Walters, manager of the Lexington Habitat for Humanity ReStore, said the recent store’s success is because of the support they have received from the community. He said they are having so much success they are in need of volunteers.

“We are in a growth spurt and we are excited about that,” Walters said. “The Restore has been doing very well and we are very pleased where we have come from and where we are now. I would say that 99 percent of that success is because the community has been supporting us. We really appreciate it. We just need more volunteers to help us out.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStores are nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds from the store are used to financially support the local Habitat for Humanity chapters in their efforts to build affordable homes for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry dedicated to building decent, affordable housing for those in need. The Davidson County chapter formed in 1988 to improve the quality of life in Lexington and to eliminate poverty housing. The Habitat for Humanity Restore opened in 2012 and has been steadily growing.

“When we first started we were hoping to make enough money just to stay alive and cover expenses,” Franks said. “Fortunately because of the community we are surviving and growing. I am always amazed at the end of the month how many people have come through the door or how many donations have come in. It gets bigger every month. It is exciting.

Marjorie Parker, executive director of Lexington Area Habitat for Humanity, said it is great to see the store being so successful

“The success is because we are getting great donations from the community and because Frank is doing a wonderful job of leading the team,” Parker said. “He creates a great atmosphere here. We feel so lucky to be in this great location. When we were picking this location, we picked it because it is close to uptown.

Walters said that he has always felt that it is important to become a member of the community. On May 29, the Restore held a benefit art sale from the works of art by late, local artist Bobbie Holton donated by the Holton family. July 15 Uptown Stroll on West Second Avenue from South Main Street to the alley street was covered with bubble wrap donated by the Restore.

Currently, Habitat for Humanity is in the middle of the “Doors to Homes and Hope” fundraiser that invites the community to decorate doors purchased from the local Habitat ReStore and display the painted doors throughout the community. The doors will then be auctioned off at the Third Annual Gala on Oct. 3 at the Edward C. Smith Civic Center.

Franks said the addition of the extra hours, the participation in community events and the appreciation people have for the work Habitat for Humanity does, has created a trifecta of success.

“We are very fortunate that the community of donors, shoppers and volunteers have really stepped it up for our organization,” Walters said “They like to shop here for lots of reasons, but one of the reasons is that we give back to our community.. These extra hours will allow us to help our customers more. It will allow us to receive donations on a day we normally wouldn’t be here. It also gives us the opportunity to be more present and to give back to the community. The more we bring in and sell that is one more house we can build for someone.”

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Information from: The Dispatch, http://www.the-dispatch.com

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