DuPage ReStore Seeks Participants for Earth Day 2013 Program

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In honor and recognition of Earth Day, April 22, 2013, the DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore is asking for donations of new and gently used building materials and related items that might otherwise end up in landfills.

In honor and recognition of Earth Day, April 22, 2013, the DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore is asking for donations of new and gently used building materials and related items that might otherwise end up in landfills.

As an incentive to participate, DuPage ReStore will hand-out limited edition ReStore t-shirts to donors interested in spreading the word about recycling and repurposing. In addition, anyone who makes a donation of qualifying products or materials will receive an Earth Day T-shirt*, a coupon for 20% off a regular-priced item at DuPage Restore, and be eligible to win a $50 Menards gift card, or one of two $50 DuPage ReStore gift certificates good on future purchases. Donors also benefit in that all donations are tax-deductible.

ReStore is a retail sales operation dedicated to helping the environment by repurposing household items and construction materials that would otherwise be thrown out and end up in a landfill. Every year, Illinois landfills accumulate over 15 million tons of waste, which is then replaced by new products. ReStore collects, examines and sorts donated items which are then offered for sale to the public at the 15,000 square foot showroom in Addison. Store Manager Jim Fessler says that since opening in July of 2011, the DuPage ReStore has taken in and redistributed over 250 tons of goods that otherwise would have ended up in landfills.

Homeowners as well as remodelers, builders, manufacturers, dealers and retailers can all donate usable products and materials to ReStore. All proceeds from the sale of donated items are used locally to fund the DuPage Habitat for Humanity mission.

Volunteers will be on hand to accept Earth Day donations at the DuPage ReStore in Addison from Wednesday, April 17 through Saturday, April 20, 2013 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Only donators of qualifying items delivered to the store at the above days and times will be eligible for the gift card drawings. *T-shirts will be handed out to donors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Items accepted for donations include:

Appliances: Less than 7 years old, neutral colors
Cabinets: Individual Pieces, Whole Cabinet Sets
Doors: Solid Interior and Exterior
Electrical: Outlets, Switches, and Supplies
Flooring: Wood & Tile - 3 box minimum, Carpet - new, 100 sq. ft. minimum
Furniture: Tables, Chairs, Dressers, Patio & Non-Upholstered Items
Hardware: Miscellaneous Hinges, Knobs, Nails, Nuts, Bolts, etc.
HVAC: Furnaces, Fireplaces, Window Air-Conditioners
Lighting: Fixtures, Lamps, Ceiling Fans
Millwork/Lumber: 6 Foot Minimum - No nails
Paint/Primer: Full Cans, Must be new
Plumbing: Vanity and Kitchen Sinks, Toilets, Fixtures, Neutral Colors
Tools: Must be in working order
Windows: Vinyl Double-Hung Only

There are numerous ReStore locations throughout Illinois and across the U.S. Each is individually managed, and the money raised by each store stays in the local community. For example, funds generated by ReStore in Addison are being used by DuPage Habitat to construct a twelve-unit LEED-certified townhome development located just a couple of miles from the store in unincorporated Glen Ellyn.

The DuPage Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 869 S. Rohlwing Rd. in Addison, and is open Thursday through Saturday from 10AM until 6PM for shopping. Information about DuPage ReStore, volunteering, or driving directions can be found at dupagerestore.org or by calling 630-517-2080.

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About DuPage Restore
Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell new and gently-used home improvement goods, furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The stores also provide an environmentally- and socially-responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of landfills. Proceeds from the sale of goods are used by local Habitat for Humanity affiliates to help build and renovate homes and communities. There are 825 Habitat ReStores in the U.S. and Canada which are listed in an online directory. To donate goods or volunteer at the Dupage Restore, visit their website or call Jim Fessler at 630-517-2080, or email: restore(at)dupagehabitat(dot)org. You can also visit DuPage ReStore on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

About DuPage Habitat for Humanity
DuPage Habitat, founded in 1995, is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International®, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. The organization is dedicated to building and selling homes in partnership with limited-income, working families. Governed by a local volunteer board of directors, DuPage Habitat lowers homebuilding costs by relying primarily on volunteer time to build and renovate homes, as well as provide support services to partner-families. Since 1995, DuPage Habitat has partnered with the community to build and sell homes to nearly 60 families in DuPage County. To donate or volunteer, or for more information, contact DuPage Habitat at: http://www.dupagehabitat.org or call 630-510-3737.

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