TIS' THE SEASON
MASON'S DOLLARS FOR HABITAT
One day my seven-year-old asked me for $1.39 to buy something in a store and I said no and he started with the come on it’s only a dollar. In my head, I thought he is right it is only a dollar. All of this made me think about how many times I have bought something thinking it is just a dollar or two. Based on this I decided to create a challenge for my son to learn the importance of money. As a member of the Habitat staff, I was fully aware of how to show him this.
I took all the money in his piggy bank and changed it in for singles. I went home and explained to him how dollars add up and they can make a real impact on people who need it more than us. We decided that every time he wanted to buy an item that cost around a dollar that instead of buying it he would donate the money to Habitat. In 30 days he saved up $37.00 and presented it to our Executive Director, Mary Harris.
He has named his campaign Mason’s Dollars for Habitat and has already started a new jar for next month. He is looking forward to asking his friends and family to join his efforts. In fact, I now get a speech when I try to buy something little in front of him. He is very excited and hopes to reach his goal of $250.00 by April 2018. He donated his first $37 to our #GivingTuesday campaign.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
Help Mason's Dollars by donating online or by purchasing a key at the ReStore!
Freshly harvested and packaged just in time for holiday baking and gift giving! All proceeds go to support the Altrusa Shoe Project and many other local charities. Every year Altrusa purchases over $5,000 worth of shoes for Gaston County school children. Remaining funds are distributed to local non-profits like Habitat for Humanity, Loray Girl's Home, Girl Scouts, Gaston College Foundation, Voices for Kids, Ect.
The pecans are $13.00 dollars a bag and are available for purchase at the following locations: Habitat for Humanity ReStore - Akers Pharmacy - Moss Drugs - Bou Cleaners - LS Hair Design - Spa South
Varieties: 1lb Chopped large pieces, 1lb Chopped small pieces, 1lb Milk Chocolate covered, 1lb Dark chocolate covered, 14oz. Honey roasted, and 14oz. Praline
HABITAT CHRISTMAS TREE LOT
On Monday, November 20th our parking lot will fill with the smell of pine trees. A portion of all sales will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County. So, come and buy a tree and support your local community through a good cause!
HOMEBUYER EDUCATION CLASSES
On November 9th, 2017 our future homeowners completed their homebuyer education courses. For 10 consecutive weeks, 10 future homeowners gathered every Thursday evening to learn skills that will help them in the future. The first five weeks they learned about being financially stable as a homeowner. The following weeks consisted of home maintenance, details about habitat mortgages, wills, and being a good neighbor. Upon completion, the future homeowners received a certificate acknowledging their hard work and dedication to the classes, but as well the program. We continue to congratulate them on this achievement and the ultimate goal of being a homeowner.WELCOME OYAFFA
On October 24th, 2017 the Board of Directors approved Oyaffa to Habitat’s Homeownership Program. Oyaffa is a single mother of five children and has been pre-approved for a 4-bedroom home. Oyaffa is determined to provide the best for her children and to show them that with hard work anything is possible. Oyaffa remains humble with this experience and is truly thankful to be a partner with Habitat. Oyaffa signed her partnership agreement on November 10th, 2017 and is eager to start her sweat equity to earn her first set of hours to qualify her for the build pool. We want to congratulate Oyaffa and welcome her to the Habitat Family. BUILD UPDATES
GAP has almost completed their 12th build with us. We are so grateful for the partnership with GAP. It is amazing to stand back and see how many people come together week after week to build this home.
We would like to thank all the groups who have or are scheduled to work with us on the 114th home.
ALL ABOUT STAFF & VOLUNTEERS
Monica started volunteering with Habitat in the spring of 2017. She wanted to something more meaningful with her spare time. She chose Habitat so that she would be able to help and interact with customers. She enjoys her time at the ReStore and working in the office to enter the ReStore donations into the database. Monica is originally from Vermont and moved to North Carolina in 2000. Her husband, Scott, is a Master Mechanic at Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep. She enjoys photography and going for rides in the mountains.
Christina and her family moved here in 2012 from South Florida. They wanted an escape from the city and Christina wanted to attend East Carolina University. She has since completed her B.A. in Business Management and is currently working on her MBA. Through her membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, she has found a passion for Ethical Leadership and plans to concentrate on that and Project Management.
She came to Habitat as a construction volunteer in 2014. After that, she volunteered in the office until she was hired as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2016. She enjoys the challenges that Habitat brings every day. She said, “There are so many moving parts and it takes a lot of logistics to link it all together.” As she stated, “My job is not coordinating volunteers, but to engage people in Habitat’s mission and to help in any way to reach that goal.”
We help revitalize neighborhoods. Many local Habitats in the United States partner with residents, community leaders and local groups to revitalize neighborhoods. Sometimes, their efforts include building new homes or doing repairs. In the past three years, local Habitats doing neighborhood revitalization also have participated in more than 7,500 community projects, from renovating community centers to helping build community gardens.
Thank you again to everyone who joined us. Not only did we meet our goal, but we passed it! From sponsors to ticket sales and auction bids every dollar made a difference.
We recently received a grant from Owens Corning to complete work on our 114th house in Gaston County! Thank you for your support and all your hard work on site!
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
The magic of the most famous Christmas tree in the world lives long past the holiday season.
Each year since 2007, lumber milled from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree has been used to help a family build their Habitat for Humanity house. Tishman Speyer, the owner and operator of the Rockefeller Center, generously donates that lumber to Habitat. Company staff members then build alongside a family, turning a Christmas tradition celebrated by millions into a place for smaller, but no less joyous, celebrations.
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Business After Hours
Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County and the Gaston County Jaycees hosted a Multi-Chamber of Commerce event last Thursday evening, November 9th at the new Johan Newcombe Event Center. The Gaston County Chamber of Commerce, Montcross Chamber of Commerce, Cherryville Chamber of Commerce and the Gaston County Economic Development Commission were the organizations included in inviting their members to stop by the event center for a business after hours networking event. The event center is now decorated for the Christmas holidays and this was one way to introduce the event center to the many Gaston County residents and businesses who had no idea this facility was available to host events. Special Events Coordinator, Leesa McKeon invited many of the larger industries in the county to the event. She said, "We would like to introduce the event center to every business and other non-profits in the county, so they will know that the facility is available for special event training seminars, workshops, company parties, reunions, receptions and more". Ms. McKeon may be contacted at 704.864.6536 for more information.
Have you checked out our makeover? We have a wonderful new collectibles section and the bookstore has a whole new look.
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20% OFF STOREWIDE UNTIL 11/22. Normal exclusions apply.