Real Estate Company Helps Habitat Restore

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Coldwell Banker United Realtors is helping stock the shelves at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Bryan. The store sells gently used home building tools and supplies to raise money for Habitat, all of the items sold in the store are donated.

Betty Fields with Coldwell Banker says partnering with Restore was a natural fit for the real estate company.

"There's so many times when home sellers don't want to take everything with them or maybe they're buying new items. So it's going to make a great opportunity for is to say let's call restore," said Betty Fields, Coldwell Banker.

Coldwell employees helped collect donations Saturday as part of their nationwide open house event.

Since one of the local Habitat warehouses was recently broken into, Jere Blackwelder with Restore says the open house donations couldn't have come at a better time.

"We will take tools that are donated here straight over there to be used. We'll take nails and things like that, that can be used in construction," said Jere Blackwelder, Habitat Restore.

"If we can encourage people to bring their items down here to help them replace those items, it's a good thing for us, our company and a good thing for the community," said Fields.

Because of the open house the restore had a truck load of tools and supplies donated Saturday morning and by Saturday afternoon most of those items had already been sold.

"One truck load came in with two or three lawn mowers. Most of them have been sold, which is exactly what we want," said Blackwelder.

The open house donations were only for one day, but both organizations say the partnership that was built as a result of the event will keep them working together beyond the weekend.