More than 100 vendors that exhibited at the recent Do it Best spring market donated a combined $221,448 in new or like-new merchandise to 16 Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan. Much of the donated merchandise helps stock Habitat for Humanity Re-Stores, which sell DIY products to Habitat families and funnel profits into future projects.
“Because we sell below retail, and a great deal of the donated products are still in original packaging and not just display products, we’ve been able to provide our homeowners with some great buys on quality products,” said Bob Elliott, resources coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County (Ind.). “It has also helped our Re-Store gain greater exposure in the community and increased our regular customer base through having a more diverse product line.”
Wells Lamont Retail Group participated for the second straight year, donating approximately 1,500 pairs of gloves to the organization. “Instead of selling our gloves at the close of the market, we chose to give them to people who need them,” said John Lenart, national accounts manager.
In 2004, Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best named Habitat for Humanity its corporate cause of choice and partners with Habitat for Humanity throughout the year in many different ways and locations.