Black Friday Meets Flash Sale Friday at the ReStores

A few months ago, our Habitat ReStores launched the wildly popular “Flash Sale Friday,” with super savings on the last Friday of the month–but we don’t announce the deals until the night before.

In two days, Flash Sale Friday and Black Friday are colliding in a spectacular way–you’ll definitely want to put the ReStores on your “can’t miss” list of Black Friday stops. Discounts are valid at Cornelius and Mooresville Habitat ReStores through Saturday, Nov. 25, but we advise shopping early for the best #ReStoreFinds!

Save two ways:

Take 20% off purchased product

This is a never before seen discount in our ReStores, and includes our new Christmas trees and laminate flooring. While most of our inventory is donated, we do make some special purchases of closeouts and excess inventory. Due to limited profit margins, these items are rarely discounted. All purchased product is marked with a green tag.

Take 30% off all regular merchandise

Includes our brand new electric fireplaces and woodstoves. Excludes collectible items (marked with a white tag).

Take a look at the wide selection of merchandise currently available in our Cornelius and Mooresville ReStores in the galleries below. This represents a sampling of merchandise in stores the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 22–these items may not be available Friday, but we are always moving new merchandise out onto the floor!

Sample Cornelius Merchandise

Sample Mooresville Merchandise

Habitat Home Offers Fresh Start for Statesville Family

Rafael and Elvira's new home

Rafael invites dedication guests into his new home.

The new Habitat home Rafael and Elvira dedicated today means many things–for the family, it means they can escape overcrowding in a two-bedroom apartment. For Rafael, it means he will have something to leave to his children. And for Graciela, it means more independence.

The small apartment where the family has lived the last 10 years makes it hard for Graciela to get around. The doorways were too narrow for her to get from room to room without assistance. She also could not use her motorized wheelchair, because the wheels got caught on the carpet. And, the entry to the home had stairs with an unsteady portable wheelchair ramp providing many obstacles for Graciela to leave or enter her own home.

With the new Habitat home they helped build, all of that has changed.

“Your support, sacrifice and commitment has helped lead this family to a new chapter in their lives,” Interim Executive Director Denise Copeland told volunteers and donors gathered for the dedication. “Today, this family begins a fresh start that will bring them safety, security and unity.”

Rafael and Elvira came to the United States from Mexico 14 years ago, when Graciela was very young, knowing they would find better healthcare for her, and better economic opportunity. Rafael has faithfully worked the same job at Carris Reels here in Statesville for all of those 14 years—they haven’t kicked him out yet, he jokes.

Rafael and Elvira have worked hard to see their dream of homeownership come true, attending homeowner classes, helping build homes for their neighbors, and finally, hammering the nails that would build their own home. And, as Elvira learned, it takes some pretty long nails to build a house!

Elvira would tell you that her favorite construction task was, well, everything, because she knew she was building something that would be theirs. For Rafael, watching the walls go up on framing day was extra special, because he could see the house taking shape.

“Each and every one here has somehow, some way, contributed to our house and allowing us to become homeowners, so I thank you all,” Rafael told dedication guests. “We’re so happy to fulfill our dream of homeownership after 14 years of renting.”

Throughout the building process, the excitement of the couple’s children has been palpable. Marco, 10, and Rafael Jr., 5, would ask constantly to go by the house and check on its progress. Once doors were installed and the house was locked up on non-work days, the kids would peer through the window to catch a glimpse of their future home. Now, they no longer have to peer through the windows, but can turn the key and enter their new home.

#BuildLove for #GivingTuesday

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This holiday season, we are excited for the opportunity to #BuildMoreLove together. So we’re thrilled to share that, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, your gift can do even more to build affordable housing in our community.

When you make a gift to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity now through the week of #GivingTuesday (Nov. 26-Dec. 2), your thoughtful donation will be matched, up to a total of $10,000.

Your $25 becomes $50. Or your $100 becomes $200. Then, as we all come together to #BuildLove, $10,000 becomes $20,000! Please consider making a gift to #BuildLove with us, as we all work together toward our vision of a world where everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.

Prefer to mail your gift?

You may send your check made out to “Our Towns Habitat” to PO Box 1088, Davidson, NC 28031. Please write “Giving Tuesday” in the memo line, so we can properly credit your donation to our matching gift challenge.

Challenge Progress: 100%

#BuildLove Matching Gift Challenge

What is #Giving Tuesday?

Giving Tuesday#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving 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.

There are many ways you can celebrate #GivingTuesday, through gifts of both your time and treasure–by making a financial donation, donating household items to our Habitat ReStores, or joining us for a Volunteer Open House to learn more about serving with Our Towns Habitat.

Help us spread the word with an #UNSelfie

#GivingTuesday #UNSelfie

You can bring awareness to the #GivingTuesday movement and Our Towns Habitat’s affordable housing mission with your smartphone and social media feed! Download this #UNSelfie template, writing an inspiring message about why you give back, then snap your #UNSelfie and share! Make sure to tag Our Towns Habitat in your post! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Interested in Volunteering? Join Us for an Open House

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As part of our celebration of #GivingTuesday, a global movement of giving and service, Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is hosting a series of volunteer open house events Tuesday, Nov. 28.

These events offer anyone who is curious about volunteering with Habitat–whether on the build site or in our ReStores–a chance to learn about what to expect when you volunteer, meet Habitat staff and fellow volunteers, see some “behind-the-scenes” volunteer action, and ask any and all questions you might have.

Open house events will take place at our Burke Crossings neighborhood in Mooresville for construction volunteers, and at our Cornelius and Mooresville ReStores. While our Statesville ReStore is not yet open, we will offer an information meeting at First Presbyterian Church for those interested in volunteering there. Use the links below for more information.

Open House Event Information

Breakfast with Santa Event Cancelled

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Birkdale Village and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity regret to announce that this year’s Breakfast with Santa, held annually at Red Rocks Café, has been cancelled. Several months ago, Red Rocks was damaged by a fire in their kitchen. While they have been working diligently to reopen, it will not happen in time to hold the breakfast.

Other options were considered for this year’s event but the event size and logistics, along with the short time frame, did not allow for alternate plans. In lieu of the funds raised at the event, Birkdale Village is donating $3,000 to Our Towns Habitat for Humanity for its affordable housing programs.

Birkdale Village also encourages those who were thinking of attending this year’s event, or who just want to help this worthy organization, to donate as well. With public support, we are hopeful to exceed the amount raised at last year’s event, through direct donations to Our Towns Habitat.

Donations can be made by online or by sending a check to Our Towns Habitat, PO Box 1088, Davidson, NC 28031. Please write “Santa” on the memo line or in the comments field for online gifts.

There are still plenty of opportunities to visit Santa during the Holiday Season at Birkdale Village. For a complete schedule, visit www.facebook.com/birkdalevillage.

Our Towns Habitat Seeks Proposals for Environmental Review Services

Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide environmental review services on five lots in Bailey Springs, a mixed income development located at the intersection of Robert Walker and Bradford Park Drive in Davidson, N.C. This environmental review is in preparation for the installation of water and sewer taps. Homes will then be built on the lots by a private developer, and Our Towns Habitat for Humanity will sell the homes to qualified low to moderate income families. Firms interested in submitting a proposal may review the Request for Qualifications to learn more.

Now and Not Yet

A little confession: it was October 18th, and I went there. I came right out and said it, let’s go ahead and put up our Christmas tree! Nevermind it had been ninety degrees just the day before and the homes in our neighborhood were adorned with pumpkins and mums, spider webs and caution tape. But on October 18th, it was a cool, crisp morning and the radio personality lowered the boom—only ten Fridays left until Christmas!

Overruled by my Grinch of a husband, we did not break out the ornaments in October. Now November is finally here with Christmas music playing in every store, the shelves filled with stocking stuffers, and I can hardly wait a moment longer to throw glitter and tinsel around like confetti! Oh, it’s coming!

But first, Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving, my little family watches the Macy’s parade and the football games in the shadow of our Christmas tree. We eat our turkey, our potatoes, and our green beans in the glow of small white lights and the scent of a fir tree. We name our blessings and we make peanut butter bird feeders while the rest of our family plans the Black Friday attack. Thankfully in our family, the holidays are peaceful and quiet—for the most part.

In 2 Corinthians, however, the apostle Paul intentionally spurs a bit of a family feud: who will be the most generous in their gifts, the Greeks or the Macedonians? He has been bragging to the Macedonians about the generosity of the Greeks, both their readiness and their joy to give to the people of faith in Jerusalem. Paul, then, admonishes the Greeks to go ahead and give so generously so as not to be embarrassed if the Macedonians were to come with him on a trip. He writes:

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us. Your ministry of this service to God’s people isn’t only fully meeting their needs but it is also multiplying in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.
(2 Corinthians 9:11-12, CEB)

Through the gifts of prayer, volunteer labor and financial support, your generosity and the generosity of your congregations are producing a thanksgiving to God! With each home that is built, you are not only meeting the needs of individuals and families in our community but you are also delivering a well-built sermon of God’s love for all people. And by helping to meet their needs, we at Our Towns Habitat offer our deepest thanks for your work and for your commitment to put God’s love into action for all of God’s children.

I pray you all have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with your families and friends!